Keen gardeners recognised at annual bloom awards in Lowestoft

Lowestoft in Bloom Awards 2015- Meadow Primary School

Lowestoft in Bloom Awards 2015- Meadow Primary School - Credit: Archant

The town's best gardens were rewarded at the annual Lowestoft in Bloom awards evening.

Lowestoft in Bloom Awards 2015- School Winners

Lowestoft in Bloom Awards 2015- School Winners - Credit: Archant

More than 100 people attended the evening, held at the Baptist Church in Hollingsworth Road.

The night was a memorable one for the dedicated team of committee members, after the town was presented with the Gold

Award for the first time in 19 years by Brian Thornton, of Anglia in Bloom.

Judges praised the 'outstanding use of local heritage to promote the resort' along with 'community participation,' with Mr Thornton also presenting an award to Bonds Meadow Woods for the Best Conservation Area.

Lowestoft in Bloom Awards 2015- Mr and Mrs Turner. Pictures: Mick Howes

Lowestoft in Bloom Awards 2015- Mr and Mrs Turner. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

The Ashley School Academy Trust began the evening with a PowerPoint presentation on their involvement with growing plants and providing hanging baskets and containers for local businesses.

A number of schools from across the area were then presented with their awards.

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Meadow Primary School picked up awards for Best Wildlife Garden, Best Floral Container and Best Vegetable and Fruit Garden.

Dell Primary School won the Best Flower Garden award, along with the scarecrow competition.

David Banks, publicity officer for LIB said: 'It was an absolute delight to see the faces of the children collecting their awards from the mayor, they were so excited and proud for their school, teachers and parents.'

It was then the turn of the care homes, who were well represented in this year's scarecrow competition.

The pre-school category was won by St Andrews Playgroup with Dell Village care home picking up the Alan Edgerton Shield.

The private gardens, allotments and businesses then had their moment in the spotlight.

The Best Guest House award was given to Somerton House with the Blues and Boater winning the Best Public House award.

The Best Overall Allotment went to Mr and Mrs Turner of Stradbroke Road with the Gold Rose Bowl for the Best Front Garden given to Mr and Mrs Eade of Harris Avenue.

Stephen Ardley, mayor of Lowestoft, said: 'The fact Lowestoft won the gold award was fantastic.

'The whole evening was wonderful, particularly the children's section where the enthusiasm was fantastic.

'Let's hope more competitors come forward next year.'

Mr Banks and the organising committee, who went on to raise £124 on their popular raffle, would like to place on record their thanks to the Baptist church, Soanes and Webster, Tesco Express, The Springtide, The Blue Boar, Woodbine café and Early Dawn.

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