Media release - issued 19 Sep 2019

Rushmoor in Bloom celebrates work of local gardeners

More than 200 gardening enthusiasts came together on Monday (16 September) for the annual Rushmoor in Bloom awards evening at the Princes Hall in Aldershot.

The annual gardening competition, now in its 33rd year, is organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, and encourages residents of Aldershot and Farnborough to take pride in their gardens, communities and green spaces.

Awards were presented in 13 different categories and there were also three special awards. They were presented by the Deputy Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Frank Rust and the Chairman of the Rushmoor in Bloom Forum, Rosemary Possee.

Sponsors of the awards included Squire's Garden Centre, North Camp Community Matters Association, Grainger Plc, Councillor Charles Choudhary, Aspire Defence Services, Colin Balchin, and the North East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Deputy Mayor said: "I am pleased to have been involved in this competition for many years myself and always enjoy the opportunity to view some of the fantastic gardens and floral displays we have in Rushmoor. The borough is truly blessed to have such wonderful support for the competition, and we value each and every one of you who take the time and effort to get involved.

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

"I must also thank the Rushmoor in Bloom forum, who help to organise and judge the Rushmoor in Bloom 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.

"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 Best Young Gardener award was presented to seven-year-old Jamie Greenwood, who impressed the judges with his imaginative garden at his home in Wisley Gardens, Farnborough.

The Best Sheltered Housing Complex/Residential Care Home went to Knellwood Residential Care Home in Farnborough, with the Best Street/Residents' Association or Community Garden, won by residents working on Hawley Community Garden in Farnborough

The Best Front Garden was awarded to Ann and Bernard Highgate of Chilton Farm Park, Farnborough, for their wonderful display of both sustainable planting and summer bedding to produce a fantastic array of colours.

In the categories for local businesses, The Snow Goose, Farnborough, won for the second successive year in the Best Pub or Restaurant Frontage category, and Farnborough Hill Independent School picked up the award for Best Commercial Display of Landscaping.

Farnborough Hill also won the Best Sports Ground category, sponsored in memory of the late Brian Stephens, a long-term supporter of Rushmoor in Bloom.

The Best Floral Display using Baskets and/or Containers was won by Sheila Sale of The Orchard, Farnborough and Jackie Morris of Stratton Walk, Farnborough, won the Best Wildlife Garden category.

Wendy Allen, of Marrowbrook Lane, Farnborough, received The Best Kept Vivid Housing Tenant's Garden, with Place Court in Aldershot scooping the Best Kept Vivid Housing Communal Garden.

The winner of the Most Unusual Planted Container award, sponsored by Councillor Charles Choudhary, went to Jacqueline Castle, of Whyte Avenue, Aldershot for her highly detailed and very unusual display of petunias and fuchsias in and old washing machine. 

Other unusual entries included organ pipes, see-saw, flamingos, wheelchairs and wellington boots!

Roger Read, of Cove Green Allotments again won the Best Allotment category, sponsored by Councillor Rust, with a Special Award going to the Blooming Marvellous Adult Gardening project for their impressive efforts at Aldershot Allotments.

This year's Best Newcomer winner, sponsored by Rosemary Possee, was Kerry Tarrant, of Westglade, Farnborough, for her front garden display.

The Chairman's Award was given to the former headteacher at Farnborough Grange Community School, Jane Armstrong, for the many projects she supported over the years, and in particular the popular Rushmoor in Bloom schools competition 

This year's Forum Award was awarded to volunteers at Rowhill Nature Reserve in Aldershot. Although owned by the council, the site is mostly maintained by the volunteers, who organise a number of very popular community events and educational activities on the 55-acre site.

The final award of the evening was The Mayor's Award, which was awarded to Farnborough Street Residents' Association for working together to improve one of the busiest gateways into the borough at and around Farnborough North train station.

In the schools competition, the winners were:

  • Plantalicious Pot - Pinewood Infant School
  • Best Pre-School - Pippins Pre-School
  • Best School Grounds - Grange Community Junior School
  • Gardening for the Future -  Manor Junior School
  • Best Grounds for Birds - Grange Community Junior School
  • Best Edible Patch - Cherrywood Community School
  • Rotary Garden - St Peter's Junior School

Separately, Rushmoor Borough Council was delighted to hear that The Park Crematorium in Aldershot had won a gold award in the regional South and South East in Bloom competition. In the same competition, the Blooming Marvellous Gardening Group were awarded a level 5, "outstanding" in the In Your Neighbourhood category.

You can find more details about Rushmoor in Bloom and a full list of the results on our Rushmoor in Bloom pages.


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