Norwich horticultural champions honoured for their gardening achievements

Friends of Norwich in Bloom Summer Competition 2014: Overall Winner and Sheltered Housing winner Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind. Friends of Norwich in Bloom Summer Competition 2014: Overall Winner and Sheltered Housing winner Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
8:43 AM

Horticultural champions across Norwich have been honoured for their great gardening achievements.

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Friends of Norwich in Bloom Summer Competition 2014: Super Award winner Rita McCluskey at the Adam and Eve in Bishopgate.Friends of Norwich in Bloom Summer Competition 2014: Super Award winner Rita McCluskey at the Adam and Eve in Bishopgate.

The annual Friends of Norwich in Bloom summer competitions celebrate everything from best floral public house display to best allotment to best waterwise display, and on Sunday the 2014 winners were presented with their trophies.

The Friends of Norwich in Bloom team visited each of the winners to congratulate them on their achievements and was accompanied by: the Lord Mayor, Judith Lubbock; the Sheriff of Norwich, William Armstrong; and city councillor Keith Driver who is the portfolio holder for communities.

The Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, in Magpie Road, was crowned overall winner as well as winning the sheltered housing category, meanwhile the Super Award - for those who won a category last year and so could not enter again this year - went to Rita McCluskey at the Adam and Eve pub in Bishopgate.

Julie Brociek-Coulton, secretary for the Friends of Norwich in Bloom, said this year’s awards had been very successful with lots of new entries.

Friends of Norwich in Bloom Summer Competition 2014 presentation team.Friends of Norwich in Bloom Summer Competition 2014 presentation team.

“The presentation day is a day to celebrate how wonderful it is the people of Norwich care about what they do in their gardens and to thank them for taking part in the competition,” she said.

“It takes a lot of organising but is really worthwhile and everyone had a good time.”

She also thanked the Sheriff of Norwich and Lord Mayor for presenting the prizes.

The prize-giving tour began and ended at the Royal British Legion, where the winners and runners-up were invited to enjoy a celebratory lunch.

Bill Webster, Friends of Norwich in Bloom ambassador, had also painted pictures for the Lord Mayor, the Sheriff of Norwich, Valerie Leggett for her outstanding allotment, Roy Holmes for being overall summer newcomer winner, and Kerry Annison for her service to the Friends of Norwich in Bloom.

• For more about the Friends of Norwich on Bloom visit www.norwichinbloom.co.uk

Anyone wanting to sign up for the Friends quarterly newsletter should email jewills064@aol.com or find Norwich in Bloom on Facebook.

Friends of Norwich in Bloom Summer Competitions 2014 winners and runners-up

• Overall Winner: Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, in Magpie Road.

• Overall Summer Newcomer Award: Roy Holmes, from Borrowdale Drive, for his waterwise cactus garden.

• Super Award: 1st Rita McCluskey at the Adam and Eve Public House, in Bishopgate; other participants were Amina Sheltered Housing, Mind, Caroline House, St Peter Mancroft and Trevor Marrison.

• Sheltered Housing: 1st Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, in Magpie Road; 2nd Rowland Court; 3rd Alfred Nichols.

• Floral Public House: 1st The Whalebone, in Magdalen Road; 2nd The Jubilee; Joint 3rd Eaton Cottage and Ribs of Beef.

• Floral Displays in Containers: 1st Derrick Anstie-Lewis, in Sherbourne Place; Gillian Martins; and Marilyn Farnham-Smith.

• Floral Gardens Of Any Size: 1st Gillian Martins, in Romany Road; 2nd Yvonne Baldwin; and 3rd Marilyn Farnham-Smith.

• Best Waterwise: 1st Roy Holmes, in Borrowdale Drive; 2nd Gillian Martins; 3rd Mind.

• Best Allotment: 1st Barry Marrison; 2nd R Cornish; Joint 3rd Michael Lansdell and Charles White.

• Best Newcomer Allotment: Valerie Leggett for her Elm Grove allotment.

Certificates were also given out to entrants in other categories for which there were not enough entrants to award a trophy.

Those presented with certificates were: Mind (Best All Year Round Garden); St Stephens Church and Silver Road Baptist Church (Best Churchyard) and Mecca Bingo, in Aylsham Road, (Best Commercial Premises).

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