IT was a night of celebration on Wednesday when the winners of this March Gardens in Bloom competition were presented with their prizes.
This year’s unusually dry and hot spring meant a reduction in entries for the popular competition open to gardeners in and around the March area.
But despite the drop in numbers the standards were again extremely high and judges had a difficult time when they visited each entrant on Sunday July 2.
However, after much deliberation the winners were chosen and on Wednesday their successes were celebrated at March Town Hall with a reception and presentation evening hosted by Mayor Bernard Keane with prizes presented by the Citizen’s Sarah Cliss.
The coveted overall prize of £50 sponsored by March Town Council was won by Alan and April Hammond of 20 Steeple View, who also snatched victory in the Champion of Champions category (also sponsored by the town council) pipping Mark and Sally Pocklington of The Barn, Mill Hill Lane into second place.
The Hammonds are opening their garden on Sunday August 7 from 11am to 3pm to give people a chance to view their magnificent garden. Everyone is welcome to visit at the cost of a £1 donation for the Mayor’s charity.
Mark Pocklington, who picked up an Outstanding Entry certificate, handed over £50 for the Mayor’s charity raised when his garden was open during the March Open Gardens day on July 17 and also for the National Garden Society on July 18.
A total of £750 was raised over the two days with £300 going to National Garden Society Charity and £400 to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Large Garden category winners were Paul and Maria Nielsen-Bom, 45 Henson Road, who also received a gift voucher from West End DIY; runners-up were Mr and Mrs C Watkins, 95 Foxglove Way.
Small Garden winners were Mr and Mrs Pimm 6 Wigstones Road, who received a picnic table donated by Ridgeons; runners-up were Mark Constable and Patricia Brindal, 51 Upwell Road.
The pensioners category went to Mr Swann, of 62 Upwell Park, who received a bird feeding station donated by Johnsons Ironmongers; runner-up was Vera Cox, 6 South Drive.
The Business Category Shield, sponsored by Selby and Taylor Opticians, went to Ray Harper of Fenn Holidays, Whittlesey Road, with the Friends of March Railway Station as runners-up.
Highly commended certificates also went to: Mr and Mrs Cornwell of 5 Pond Close, Wimblington; Mr and Mrs Bryan Lattimore of 24 Robshaw Close; Eric Stromberg of 35a Westwood Avenue; Yvonne Watson, of 1 Cleveland Bay and the Greenleaves family of 10 Jones Close.