Garden competition winners celebrate success

Green fingered residents celebrated as the winners of the Sutton Coldfield Town Council garden competition were announced.

Residents were encouraged to enter the competition back in June and judging took place in July. At an event hosted by sponsors Halls’ Garden Centre last night (26th September), the Mayor announced the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category plus the overall winner.

The Champion of Champions was Raymond Davies of Fox Hollies Road. His front garden with its vibrant bedding plants, flowering shrubs, tubs and hanging baskets made a strong impression with the judges.

James Stephens of Withy Hill Road took first place in the hanging basket category, with the Gate Inn winning the top prize for the best pub or hotel display. Communitea Café won the best commercial frontage and Langley School won in the school category. Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust won the best community involvement project and best wildlife/Eco garden was Ebrook Road, Rainbow Garden.

Raymond Davies, Winner of  the Best Front Garden and Champion of Champions said: “Everyone  that  stops outside our house to take a photograph of the garden tells us how happy the garden makes them feel and the children who walk to the Deanery just love the flowers.”

Marie Mahoney of  Langley School, winner  of Best School Garden said: “The award was won by Langley in name but it is children whose hard work and effort, supported by staff, that made this possible.”

Patsi Whelan-Archer of Ebrook Road, Rainbow Garden, Winner of Best Wildlife/Eco Garden and runner up in the Community Involvement Project said: “The garden was a piece of waste ground where people were fly-tipping.  I didn’t want that in my back garden so I took it upon myself to do something about it and decided to turn it into a garden that everyone could enjoy.  Children especially love to see the garden.  Not only are the seasons celebrated but the garden is themed to celebrate events throughout the year and its lovely to see the children coming to the garden to see what surprise is in store”.

Jackie Plaskett is from the Gate Inn, Winner of the best Pub, Hotel and Restaurant Frontage. She said: “The Gate Inn is a beautiful, historic building and we are delighted to enhance the building with the flowers.”

The event comes less than a week after the town received news of its Silver Gilt award for its first Heart of England in Bloom entry.

David Hall, Partner at Hall’s said: “Hall’s Garden Supplies were delighted to support the first Sutton Coldfield in Bloom garden competition and I congratulate all the winners and runners up in each category. The overall response was overwhelming with lots of residents, businesses, schools and community groups all coming together to take part in brightening up our wonderful town.”

Councillor Derrick Griffin, Mayor of Royal Sutton Coldfield commented: “We were bowled over by the number of entrants to this first community garden competition. Judges had a very difficult job and everyone who entered needs congratulating for their hard work in keeping their gardens looking beautiful in such a hot summer.

“This brings our first year of Sutton Coldfield In Bloom to a very successful close. We hope to hear from all our talented gardeners in the spring when we start to plan our 2019 entry.”

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