Blooming Great Gardens Celebrated

Shrewsbury rolled out the green carpet once again today for the annual Town of Flowers Awards.

Following hot-on-the-heels of last week’s announcement that Shrewsbury has the greenest fingers in the UK, having being crowned Champion of Champions by the Royal Horticultural Society, the town’s horticultural finest were once again proving why there can be only one Town of Flowers.

Shrewsbury’s top gardeners, including residents and businesses, gathered at the town’s Guildhall for a glittering ceremony to announce the winners of this year’s contest.

Competitors battled it out in a range of categories including best residential front garden, best container/hanging basket and community achievement. Entries were judged throughout the summer by members of the Shrewsbury in Bloom committee.

The winners were:

Commercial Categories

Class 1 Pubs/Restaurants/Cafés/Hotels/B&Bs:

Gold – Abbots Mead Hotel, St Julian’s Friars

Silver – Prince Rupert Hotel, Butcher Row

Class 2 Other Commercial/Business Premises:

Gold – Pughs Funeral Directors, Longden Coleham

Silver – Callaghan Fine Paintings, St Mary’s Street

Bronze – Terry Jones Solicitors, Abbey Foregate

Highly Commended – Morris Leisure, Welshpool Road

Highly Commended – Frank Painter & Sons, Spring Gardens

Highly Commended – Clive Pugh Funeral Directors, Abbey Foregate

Residential Categories

Class 3 Residential Front Garden:

Gold – Doug Puddle, Vennington Walk

Silver – Mr & Mrs Weather head, Edgefield Green

Silver – Mr David Baguley, Copthorne

Silver – Mr & Mrs Lewis, Edgefield Green

Silver – Mr & Mrs Pugh, Crowmere Road

Bronze – Betty Jackson, Meole Estate

Bronze – Mr J Gregson, Crowmere Road

Bronze – Pat Clewes, Meadow Farm Drive

Bronze – Mr & Mrs Evans, Crowmere Road

Highly Commended – Mr & Mrs Lawrence, Langholm Drive

Highly Commended – Dennis Sherwood, Monkmoor

Highly Commended – Mr & Mrs Porter, Conway Drive

Commended – Mr & Mrs Beasty, Monkmoor

Commended – Mr & Mrs Baker, Manor Way

Commended – Terry Adams, Meadow Farm Drive

Commended – The Occupier, 121 Monkmoor Road

Class 4 Container Garden/Hanging Basket(s):

Gold – Mr & Mrs Brooks, Worcester Road

Silver – Mr & Mrs Lewis, Edgefield Green

Bronze – Mr & Mrs Weatherhead, Edgefield Green

Highly Commended – Mr J Gregson, Crowmere Road

Commended – Mr & Mrs Hadden, Edgefield Green

Commended – Eileen Emberton, Edgefield Green

Commended – Mr & Mrs Owen, Edgefield Green

Commended – Mr Andrew Beddoes, Edgefield Green

Commended – Margaret Bowman, Belmont

Class 5 Community Garden/Achievement Award:

Winner – Edgefield Greenfingers Garden Club

Highly Commended – Carol Dodman, Worcester Road

Class 6 Young Gardener

Winner – Alice White

Allotments

Championship Cup:

Winner – Beryl Pitchford (Meole Brace Stanley lane Plot No.43)

Best Half Plot:

Winner – David Baguley (Bowbrook Plot No.29)

Runner Up – Bill Parton (Column Plot No.4A)

Outstanding Crops:

Best Carrots and Parsnips – Eric Hill (Monkmoor Plot No.55)

Schools Competition

Unusual Floral Containers:

1st place – Oxon CE Primary School

2nd place – The Grange Primary School

3rd place – The Wilfred Owen School

Highly Commended – Greenfields Primary School

Highly Commended – Mereside CE Primary School

Wildlife Garden:

1st place – Oxon CE Primary School

2nd place – The Wilfred Owen School

3rd place – Greenacres Primary School

Highly Commended – Belvidere CE Primary School

Young Gardener Award:

Winner – Alice White, Greenfields Primary School

Special Award for Best Edible Garden:

Greenfields Primary School

Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Beverley Baker, who presented the awards said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the blooming green fingered people of Shrewsbury. We are so very lucky to have such dedicated people, who enjoy making the most of spaces large and small, creating wonderful displays and proving an ability to grow a rich variety of plants to look at and also to eat. Thank you to everyone who entered and, all I can say is, Keep on Growing!”

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