Community gardeners were celebrated at this year’s Broxbourne in Bloom awards with residents, a local restaurant and a pub winning awards.
Winners were presented with their prizes at a ceremony at Cheshunt Park Golf Course by the Mayor of Broxbourne, Councillor Carol Crump. She praised the high standards of entries that boost the area’s beauty.
Overall winner in the Residential Gardens section was Dawn Traynor and the residents of Blackwood Court were best in the Communal Garden category.
Within the categories, Best Residential Garden was George Wotton, of Rose Court in Cheshunt, whose garden was lush with blooming flowers in yellow, pink and white. Mr Wotton had much to celebrate with neighbours as Rose Court, with its vibrant flower displays, was named Best Communal Garden.
Best Business Frontage was awarded to Marconato restaurant in High Street, Hoddesdon, which featured a full display of pink flowering plants above its name board and to welcome diners either side of its entrance.
An impressive display of hanging baskets, seen in the summer by judges, helped The Roman Urn in Cheshunt to win the Best Public House award.
The Mayor said: “It was a privilege to get to see so many lovely gardens all across this beautiful Borough. The standard was very high this year, and it was a tough task for the judges and me to pick winners.
“Above all, this competition shows what great pride people have in this area. They help to make this an even more wonderful place to live with their horticultural efforts. I’d like to thank every entrant for doing their bit.”
Best Allotment went to William Prior for his plot at Dark Lane. And especially apt in this, the Borough of Broxbourne’s Year of the Environment, was the Most Environmentally Friendly Allotment award which went to Alan Dorrington, of Cheshunt, for his well-kept plot at Trinity North.
Other winners were:
• Best New Allotment - Asta Kubiliene at Holdbrook
• Best Garden for All Seasons and Wildlife – Dawn Traynor of Eleanor Road in Waltham Cross
• Best New Garden – Syvia Unwin of Rose Court in Cheshunt
• Most Improved Allotment - Russell and Lisa Pointon at Doverfield
• Runner-up for Best Allotment - Jay Nairn at Stanstead Road
• Runner-up for Best Communal Garden - Gilliflower House in Hoddesdon
• Best Containers in a Communal Garden - St Catherine’s Care Home in Broxbourne
• Runner-up for Best Containers in a Communal Garden – Belvedere Court in Hoddesdon
• Best Social Housing Entry - Blackwood Court in Turnford
• Best Container in a Residential Garden – Christine Worrow of Hammondstreet Road, Cheshunt
• Runner-up for Best Container in a Residential Garden – Chris Kelly of Russells Ride, Cheshunt
The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 3 September and awards to allotments were sponsored by Marconato restaurant in Hoddesdon.