Gardening competition marks 35 years in bloom

20 September 2016

Gardeners have collected a bouquet of awards at a presentation ceremony for South Cambridgeshire District Council’s 35th annual Best Kept Garden competition.

Open to all South Cambs tenants and leaseholders, awards for the competition’s eleven categories were presented to: 

  • Best kept garden – Mr Ted Hall from Bourn
  • Best kept small garden – Mrs Sheila Cracknell from Thriplow
  • Best vegetable garden – Mr Ted Hall from Bourn
  • Best new tenant – Mr Norman & Mrs Julie Hamilton from Orwell
  • Best sheltered housing scheme – Franklin Gardens, Cottenham
  • Best Family garden – Mr Peter Herring from Girton
  • Best window box/container – Mrs Jean Surridge from Sawston
  • Best Community Garden – Franklin Gardens, Cottenham
  • Best greenhouse (vegetables) – Mr Harold Gawthorp from Balsham
  • Best greenhouse (flowers) - Mr Harold Gawthorp from Balsham
  • Carol Johnson wildflower garden award – Mrs Audrey Grimmer from Impington

The winners were announced at a special awards ceremony at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford on Friday (16 September). Scotsdales are long-standing sponsors of the competition.

Cllr Sue Ellington, chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council was joined by Cllr Lynda Harford, cabinet member for housing; Cllr David McCraith, vice-chairman and Sam Carlton, operations manager at Scotsdales, to award prizes and certificates to the winners.

Cllr Sue Ellington said: “It was a pleasure to present these awards. Our annual gardening competition is always very popular and every year we receive some excellent entries. It’s great to see so many of our tenants and leaseholders taking pride in their gardens. It takes a lot of time, effort and imagination to create such beautiful displays and the standards were incredibly high this year.

“Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all of our entrants, judges and sponsors.”