CHAMPION gardeners from Wisbech and district reaped the fruits of their labours on Thursday when the winners were announced and the prizes presented for the annual Wisbech In Bloom gardening competition.
Gardeners were praised for their efforts by committee member and former chairman Alan Sherfield who explained each year the task of the judges gets more difficult.
The coveted overall Silver Spade Award (sponsored by Wisbech In Bloom) went to Marion and Richard Sarton, of Upwell. The judges said it was awarded to “someone with a love of plants, flowerbeds, hanging baskets and containers.” Mrs Sarton also won the Cottage Garden category and the Wildlife Friendly Garden.
The judges could not choose one winner for the best garden project for the schools and decided to make Clarkson Infants, St Peter’s Primary and Elm Road all winners.
David Chapman, of Emneth, won the Small Out of Town Gardens and the Best Containers section.
The Large Out of Town Gardens, winners was Sylvia Plaice, of Upwell.
David and Yvonne Twell, of Wisbech were the Large In Town Garden winners.
Hanging Baskets winner was Cyril Roberson, of Friday Bridge.
The judges awarded a special certificate in this category to four-year-old Lily Plaice. who mixed her own compost and planted and watered her plants.
Small In Towns garden was a popular category and this was won by Mrs Ross MacNamara, of Wisbech.
Anne Goode, of West Walton, won the Water Garden section with her pond described as a “real asset”.
The evening also included the Elgood’s Brewery award for the Best Pub Front which went to the Wheel Inn at Wisbech St Mary.
The Chamber of Commerce awards went to Ray Wicks, of 2 Post Office Lane, for the Best Shop; Wisbech Town Council for the Best Office Front; and Debra Scott, of Blencowe Terrace for the Best Residential Front.
Wisbech Street Pride volunteers were winners of Wisbech Town Cup for their work clearing and planting many sites across the town.
Brian Payne, chairman of Wisbech Society, presented their special award to businessman Ray Wicks. for all his work for the town.
The Octavia Hill Award for Brightening up a Drab Corner went to the garden in Alexandra Road created by Sarah and Bob Ledger.
The garden competition is held in conjunction with the Fenland Citizen and all sponsors and supporters were thanked on the night.
Wisbech Mayor Viv MacRae helped present the awards.
Results: Large in Town Gardens (sponsored by Tesco). Highly Commended: Alice Peabody, Leverington and Dwaine Jones, Wisbech. Small in Town Gardens (Tesco). 2nd: Mrs T Lowe, Walsoken. 3rd Mrs D Whitfield, Wisbech. Highly commended: Roy and Wendy Moore, Wisbech, Mrs Barbara Proctor, Wisbech, Mr G Maycroft, Wisbech, Mrs A Rolfe, Wisbech, Trixie Symonds, Wisbech, Mr J Constable/Miss S Rolfe, Wisbech.
Cottage Gardens (Fenland Branch of the Royal Society of St George). 2nd: Mrs Anne Goode, West Walton. 3rd: Victoria Lodge, Wisbech. Highly Commended: Scott Green, Elm, Mr Moore, Wisbech.
Containers (Doreen Eden). 2nd: Mr and Mrs Bellenes, Wisbech St Mary. 3rd: Cyril Roberson, Friday Bridge. Highly Commended: Sylvia Plaice, Upwell, Marion Sarton, Upwell, Nick Pooley, Elm, Roy and Wendy Moore, Wisbech, Scott Green, Elm.
Hanging Baskets (Wisbech in Bloom). 2nd: David Chapman, Emneth. 3rd: Marion Sarton, Upwell. Highly Commended: Sylvia Plaice, Upwell, Nick Pooley, Elm, Mr Moore, Wisbech, Scott Green, Elm.
Small out Town Gardens (Clifford Cross). 2nd: Mr and Mrs Ashby, Elm. 3rd: Mr and Mrs Bellenes, Wisbech St Mary. Highly commended: Mrs Anne Goode, West Walton, Scott Green, Elm, Mrs Barbara Joyce, Elm, Valerie Kelly, Leverington.
Large out Town Gardens (Clifford Cross). 2nd: Mr and Mrs Sarton, Upwell. 3rd: Diane Knight, Wisbech St Mary. Highly commended: David Martin, Emneth, Phil and Debra Wait, Wisbech St Mary, George McIntyre, Friday Bridge.
Wildlife Friendly Garden (Peckover House). 2nd: Mr Moore, Wisbech. Highly Commended: Mr and Mrs Bellenes, Wisbech St Mary, Scott Green, Elm, Mark Knight, Victoria Lodge.
Water Gardens (Alvenor Aquatics). 2nd: Diane Knight, Wisbech St Mary. 3rd: Marion Sarton, Upwell. Highly commended: Mr J Constable/Miss S Rolfe, Wisbech.
Chamber of Commerce Best Shop Highly commended: The Case and The Market Hill. Best Residential Front highly commended: Octavia View, South Brink.
• See page 21 for the allotments awards.