Picture Gallery: Norwich In Bloom winners revealed

The winners of this year's Norwich in Bloom summer competition have been named, with a double success for an allotment on Sprowston Road.

Paul Kuzemczak and Melanie Gosling at Hill Farm Allotments not only took the prize for Best Organic Allotment, but also claimed the main Overall Bloom Winner prize as well.

There was another double success at Hill Farm Allotments as well, with Jill Gossland winning Best Allotment Newcomer and Overall Best Newcomer.

As reported in the Evening News, the Cottage Garden category was won by Kathy and Bernard Sewell for their front garden on Unthank Road.

The elderly couple had been left upset when flowers were stolen from their prized garden a couple of weeks ago and were then elated as neighbours donated money and flowers to lift their spirits.

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There is plenty of colour on Unthank Road at the moment as a little further up the road The Best All Year Round Garden was awarded to Caroline House, the main care facility at the Colman Centre for Specialist Rehabilitation Services at Priscilla Bacon Lodge.

Lord Mayor of Norwich Jenny Lay and Sheriff of Norwich Chris Higgins travelled around the city on Sunday to give out prizes to the various winners.

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The Adam and Eve pub on Bishopgate won the Public House award, Waddington Court on Nelson Street was successful in the Sheltered Housing Scheme category and the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind on Magpie Road claimed the Super Award, which can only be entered by winners from 2010.

Last year's Overall Bloom Winner, Janet Batch of Burges Road in Mile Cross, won Floral displays in Containers this year, Marsh PLC on Newmarket Road claimed Floral Commercial Containers, Mrs Page of George Borrow Road, in Earlham, won the Floral Gardens Of Any Size prize and the Best Allotment went to Brian Smith at Cottage Farm Allotments on Plumstead Road.

Norwich In Bloom chairman, Terry Bane, was once again pleased with this year's entires and is hoping for more of the same next year.

He said: 'We had more entries this year and it's good when you have more entries because you have more to see.

'They were all good, but I would say my personal favourite is seeing the pubs because they have a lot of hanging baskets and floor containers, which is my background really.

'But I liked seeing the allotments as well because you get some stuff on allotments that you would never expect and it was good to go to Hillside Allotments as newcomers because it's a real family effort up there.'

For more information or to enter next year's competition go to www.norwichinbloom.co.uk

Are you organising a community event in Norwich? Call reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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