Green-fingered gardeners in the Wisbech area reaped their own rewards on Wednesday when Wisbech in Bloom held its annual presentation night at the Wisbech Institute.
The presentation is the culmination of the popular summer garden competition, which is run in conjunction with the Fenland Citizen.
Winner of the coveted overall silver spade this year was Sheila Hamilton-Denvers, of Lerowe Road, who received the award from Brian Massingham, Wisbech in Bloom chairman (pictured).
The gardeners were congratulated on the standard of their entries and for the time and effort which goes into making all the entries look so amazing. Competition was keen this year with more entries than last year.
The evening also included the Wisbech Town Council allotment presentations and award of the Leslie Sims Trophy, presented by Wisbech Mayor, Samantha Hoy.
In Bloom results: Hanging Baskets: 1st D Bailey, of Burcroft Road, Wisbech; 2nd Marion Sarton, Upwell, third David Chapman, Emneth.
Containers: 1st Mr and Mrs Bellenes, Wisbech St Mary; 2nd Sheila Hamilton-Denvers; 3rd D Bailey. Large in Town Gardens: 1st Ken and Marcia Sherry, Wisbech. Small In Town Gardens: 1st Trixie Symonds, South Brink, Wisbech; 2nd D Bailey; 3rd Viv MacRae, Wisbech. Small Out of Town Gardens: 1st Sid Wright and Irene Clarke, Gorefield; 2nd David Chapman, Emneth; 3rd Mr and Mrs Bellenes. Large Out of Town Gardens: 1st Sylvia Plaice, Upwell; 2nd James Liboyi, Outwell; 3rd Mr and Mrs Sarton.
Cottage Gardens: 1st Mr and Mrs Bellenes; 2nd Anne Goode, West Walton; 3rd Roy and Wendy Moore, Wisbech. Wildlife Friendly Garden: 1st Louise Tombleson, Wisbech. Water Garden: 1st Ken and Marcia Sherry. Best Community Garden: Octavia View, Wisbech. Wisbech Town Cup: Octavia Hill Birthplace House. Octavia Hill Award for brightening up a drab corner: Joyce Chaff, of Onyx Court.
Elgood’s Best Pub Front: The Rising Sun at Leverington. Chamber of Trade presentations: Best Business Front: 1st The Globe, 2nd Chameleon. Best Residential Front: 1st King John House.
Allotments: Continued Excellence Awards: Stephen Asker, Jack Norgate and John Epicoco. Most improved: 1st Brian Coleman. 2nd David Harrington and Ann Purt (assisted by Steve and Tom French). Best Kitchen Garden: 1st Reg Stephens and Ray Wright; 2nd Mr and Mrs Canham; 3rd David Judd. Special prize for the most enthusiastic allotment holder went to David Harrington. The Leslie Sims Trophy for best overall allotment went to John Epicoco, who was unable to attend the evening.
There were many highly commended certificates presented on the night in the ‘In Bloom’ categories and the sponsors were thanked for their continued support.