Awards and cash for green-fingered winners

Words and group photo by Dave Barry; garden photos by Sheila Johnson

Hundreds of pounds in cash was handed out at Newby and Scalby in Bloom’s 11th annual Garden Gems presentation evening, at Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church.

“The gardens this year were of exceptional quality and it was hard for the judges to pick the winners”, said spokesperson Zoe Groom.

The bloom group works in partnership with Newby and Scalby Parish Council, which donated the shields and main prize money of £300.

In the residential garden category, Stephen and Janet Temple had the best small one, Brian and Alison José had the best medium-sized one and John and Linda Armistead had the best large one.

Rose Aldridge had the best baskets and containers.

Proudfoot’s Newby store was declared the retail business with the best hanging baskets.

The Rugby Club won an award for its memorial garden in the category for best commercial garden run by a non-retail business.

The Bloom group donated £120 for discretionary prizes. Ian Southwart won an award for excellence in horticulture. An outstanding neighbourhood certificate went to Ken Gill and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust at Danes Dyke; Karl Gerhardsen won an award for planting for wildlife support; Kevin Wood was recognised for planting for nature conservation; Rosemary Knight was congratulated for planting excellence, putting the right plant in the right place; Suzanne Blacker of the Rosette was honoured for the biggest improvement over the year; and Neil Ingham won an award for environmental planting.

Cllr Reg Towse, who chairs Newby and Scalby Parish Council, gave out the prizes.