Aylsham garden nursery celebrates triple success at Sandringham Flower Show.

A Norfolk nursery is celebrating winning a hat-trick a top awards at its first ever appearance at the Sandringham Flower Show.

Woodgate Nursery at Aylsham was judged best in Show, took the People's Choice prize and collected a gold award for its pub garden-themed creation.

Owner Peter Purdy said: 'The project took a year to plan and nearly a week to build by our team - but to win so many awards on our debut is more than we could have hoped for.'

The nursery holds an annual garden design weekend at its site, in aid of charity, and to promote garden creativity, with a competition element, but had never done anything further afield.

'The team wanted to do it. The idea for a pub came up and it was a good excuse for them to go off and do some research at some pubs in the evenings,' he smiled.

Carpenter Kevin Myhill made a Woodgate Arms pub from a sectional building. Mr Purdy's nephew Arthur Purdy made the sign metalwork at his forge, and staff member Teresa Rogers painted the sign.

Planting was a mixture of formal box, perennials, sweet peas and hanging basket to make it fun and fragrant.

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Staff member Dominique Rudd said: 'We had not appreciated the amount of work involved, but it has been a great experience and to be voted People's Choice makes it even more worthwhile.'

The team were hoping for the bonus of a Royal visit when the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended the show. They only drove past in an open topped car, but Mr Purdy said: 'Camilla said 'wow, look at that' and Charles turned around and gave us the thumbs up, so we all cheered.'

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