Tony HickinbothamSchoolchildren, local residents and business representatives have been honoured in another outstanding year for the Erewash in Bloom awards.

The Bloom competition is Erewash Borough Council’s annual gardening extravaganza to find the borough’s best green-fingered gurus and the 2018 results were announced at a presentation event at Morley Hayes Golf Club on Friday 5 October.

This year’s competition attracted 135 entries from people of all ages and from all corners of the borough as well as from schools, businesses and community organisations.

Bloom is the flagship project of the council’s Pride in Erewash Campaign and features a whole range of categories, from best front and back gardens and best hanging baskets through to best business display, school garden, and a fun tallest sunflower competition.

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, presented awards to the winners.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“It is always a great privilege to be able to salute our Bloom champions and marvel at their gardening skills and wonderful displays. The heatwave made it a challenging summer for gardeners, but there were still countless stunning gardens and displays. We applaud everyone for their efforts – you all certainly made it a difficult job for the judges!”

This year’s competition also saw Trent Barton get on board, with the bus company sponsoring the Best Front Garden Category.

The winners were:

Best Front Garden (sponsored by Trent Barton)
Mr Tony Hickinbotham, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston

Best Hanging Baskets and Planters
Mr M. Bilbie, St Vincent Close, Long Eaton

Best Rear Garden (medium to large)
Mr Mark Prentice, Harrington Street, Sawley

Best Rear Garden (Small)
David Mayo, Newbery Avenue, Long Eaton

Best Wildlife/Environmental Garden
Mr Mark Prentice, Harrington Street, Sawley

Tallest Sunflower (under 16s)
Spencer Oxley, Ladywood Road, Kirk Hallam

Best School Garden
Joint - Chaucer Junior School, Ilkeston
Parklands Infant and Nursery School, Long Eaton

Best Street, Community Area or Friends Group
Borrowash in Bloom

Best Allotment Site
Far Lane Allotment Association, Ockbrook

Pubs Restaurants and Hotels
Joint - The White Swan, Ockbrook
Chequers Inn, Main Street, Breaston

Business, Commercial and Places of Worship
Joint - Weleda (UK) Ltd, Heanor Road, Ilkeston
Treetops Hospice, Derby Road, Risley



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