GREEN-fingered gardeners reaped the fruits of their labours on Wednesday when prizes were presented for the annual Wisbech In Bloom competition and other awards.
Held at Wisbech Institute, committee member Alan Sherfield welcomed everyone and thanked all those who have supported the In Bloom including the sponsors and the Fenland Citizen. He also commented on the high standard of entries and difficult task faced by the judges.
There was an extra reason for celebration as Wisbech has maintained its golden run in the main Anglia In Bloom competition with the news being revealed that the town took gold in the Large Town category.
Mr Sherfield explained the Wisbech In Bloom team has worked harder than ever to maintain the quality of planting and cleanliness to keep Wisbech to a gold standard and praised chairman Brian Massingham for all his efforts.
In Bloom judges were impressed with the town’s 300 hanging baskets and containers. Wisbech St Mary firm Delamore donated the hundreds of plug plants in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
Efforts have also seen parts of Nene Quay, North Brink, the Museum garden and the Nene Waterfront revitalised.
In the garden competition, the winner of overall coveted prize of the silver spade (sponsored by Wisbech In Bloom) went to Barbara Webb from Fenland Village who also scooped a number of other prizes.
Awards: Young People’s Awards, Best Wisbech Schools Project: Meadowgate School (for best wildlife project sponsored by former Mayor Nick Meekins). Getting Started in the Garden Award (sponsored by Cllr Meekins): Elm Road School. Large In-Town gardens (Tesco): 1st David Twell, of Queens Road. 2nd Ken and Marion Sherry, Barton Road, 3rd Margaret Milburn, Queens Road. Small In-Town gardens (Tesco): 1st David Mayhew, Fenland Village, 2nd Barbara Webb, 3rd Mr G Maycroft, Malt Drive. Highly commended: Mr Moore, Janet Cairns, Trixie Symonds, Maddie Simms, Janet Burridge and Roy Chapman. Cottage Gardens (Fenland Branch of the Royal Society of St George): 1st Scott Green, Elm, 2nd Paula Ireland, Begdale, 3rd Mr Moore, Queen Elizabeth Drive.
Best Small Containers (Doreen Eden): 1st Mr and Mrs Bellenes, Wisbech St Mary, 2nd Barbara Webb, 3rd Sylvia Plaice, Upwell. Highly commended: Mr Moore, Veronica and Ashley Inwood, Scott Green, Janet Burridge, Marion Sarton, Ken and Marion Sherry, Mr D Bailey, David Mayhew. Hanging Baskets (Wisbech In Bloom): 1st Brian and Shirley Butler, of Elmfield Drive, 2nd Barbara Webb, 3rd Marion Sarton, Upwell. Highly commended: Mr Moore, Veronica and Ashley Inwood, Arthur Cracknell, Trixie Symonds, David Mayhew, Sylvia Plaice, Ken and Marion Sherry. Small Out-of-Town Gardens (Clifford Cross): 1st Scott Green, 2nd Veronica and Ashley Inwood, 3rd Mr and Mrs Bellenes. Highly commended: Mr and Mrs BA Henwood. Out-of-Town Gardens Large (Clifford Cross): 1st Sylvia Plaice, 2nd Marion Sarton, 3rd Mr B Darlow, Coldham. Highly commended: Paula Ireland and Park House School.
Wildlife Friendly Garden (Brian Massingham): 1st Paula Ireland, 2nd Mr and Mrs Bellenes. Highly commended: Scott Green, Mr and Mrs B Henwood, Veronica and Ashley Inwood, Marion Sarton. Water Gardens (Alvenor Aquatics): Large Pond: 1st Mark and Flo Thatcher, Emneth, 2nd Roy Chapman, 3rd Ken and Marion Sherry, 4th Ken Stammers. Small Pond: 1st Mr and Mrs Sarton, 2nd Mark and Flo Thatcher, 3rd Mr and Mrs B Agger, 4th Mr G Burbridge. Water Feature: 1st Margaret and David Mayhew, 2nd Roy Chapman, 3rd Mr R Moore.
Best Pub Front (sponsored by Elgood’s): Wheel Inn, Wisbech St Mary. Chamber of Commerce sponsorship: Best Shop Front: 1st The Case, 2nd Robert Goddard. Best Office/Hotel Front: 1st Marmion House Hotel. Best Residential Front: Waterlees in Bloom.
Allotment Awards sponsored by Wisbech Town Council: Wisbech Town Cup: Winner Delamore.
Wisbech Society Special Award: Brian Massingham.
Octavia Hill Award: Wisbech Lions’ Club.