Media release - issued 26 Sep 2017

Talents of local gardeners celebrated by Rushmoor in Bloom

More than 80 local gardening enthusiasts came together on Monday (18 September) for the annual Rushmoor in Bloom awards evening at the Princes Hall in Aldershot.

Rushmoor in Bloom winners - 2017 awards Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowThe annual gardening competition, organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, encourages residents of Aldershot and Farnborough to take pride in their gardens, communities and green spaces and is now in its 31st year.

Awards were presented in 13 different categories, from Best Sports Ground to Best Newcomer, and there were four special awards. The awards were presented by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sophia Choudhary, and Owen Durrett, of the Rotary Club of Rushmoor, along with a number of category sponsors.

The Mayor said: "I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new entrants this year and a thank-you to those of you who support the competition each year. 

"I am pleased to hear of the fantastic standard of entries this year, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see some of the gardens myself.

"I would like to thank our many sponsors especially Sarah Squire who also hosts the school competition launch and presentation at Squires. 

"I must also thank the Rushmoor in Bloom forum and Lisa Thornett, who help to organise and judge the competition, and, our own contractor, Serco, who play a large part in keeping our borough clean and green and filled with the beautiful floral displays.

"And finally, I would like to thank you all for helping to keep Rushmoor blooming - and we look forward to many more years of this fantastic competition."

The keenly-contested Best Front Garden award went to Ken Howard, of Field Way, Aldershot, who had a fantastic range of sustainable planting enhanced by the colours of annual bedding plants.

Best Sheltered Housing Complex was won by Shaftesbury Court in Farnborough, and The Best Kept Vivid tenant's garden was awarded to Thomas Rogers of Basing Drive, Aldershot. This year's best Community Garden award was scooped by the residents of Cheyne Way in Farnborough.

The Best Young Gardener award was presented to John Armstrong (9) of Gloucester Road, Aldershot, who impressed the judges with a variety of home-grown vegetables.

The winner of the Most Unusual Planted Container award was Pauline Bondonno from Basing Drive, Aldershot for her Garden of Eden and Circle of Life displays. Other entries included lawnmowers, bicycles, old tree trunks, boats  and chimney pots.

In the categories for local businesses, The Snow Goose, Farnborough, came top in the Best Pub Frontage category, and The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, scooped the award for Best Commercial Display of Landscaping. The Best Sports Ground award was won by Farnborough Gate Bowls Club.

Best Floral Display using Baskets and/or Containers was awarded to Sheila Sale of Chilton Park Farm, Cove and this year's Best Newcomer to the competition winner was Brian Wren of Belmont Close in Farnborough.

The Most Improved Wildlife Garden belonged to Rosemary Noyce of Southwood Road and The Best Garden for Birds was created by Sophie Chislett from Cold Harbour Lane, Farnborough. Roger Read of Cove Green Allotments won the Best Allotment.

This year's Chairman's Award was presented to the family of the late Brian Stephens who was a highly regarded supporter of Rushmoor in Bloom over many years. He won Rushmoor both the Southern England in Bloom (best large town / small city) and the highest accolade of the winner of National Britain in Bloom, beating many big towns and cities. His colourful floral legacy remains throughout the borough for all to see.

This year's Forum Award went to former councillor and Alderman Colin Balchin because of his continued support for Rushmoor in Bloom and the amount of his own time volunteering to help judge gardens and school entries.Best School Grounds - South Farnborough Infant School Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

The final award of the evening was The Mayor's Award, chosen by Councillor Choudhary, and this was given to Hart and Rushmoor Wellbeing Centre in Victoria Road, Aldershot.

In the schools competition, held at Squires Garden Centre on Thursday, 14 September, the main winners were:

  • Squire's Herb Pot - St Michael's Church of England Junior School, Aldershot.
  • Best Pre-School - Deux Chats Pre-School, Aldershot.
  • Best School Grounds - South Farnborough Infant School.
  • Gardening for the Future - Henry Tyndale School, Farnborough.
  • Best for Birds - Park Primary School, Aldershot.
  • Edible Patch - Southwood Infant School, Farnborough.
  • Bee Friendly - Henry Tyndale School, Farnborough.
  • Best Newcomer - Acornwood Pre-School, Farnborough.

Further information about the competition and a full list of results is available on our Rushmoor in Bloom pages.

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