Sweet scent of success for Tunbridge Wells ‘In Bloom’ winners

    Claudia Sermbezis
    WILD AT HEART: Claudia Sermbezis won Best Wildlife Garden

    There was a buzz in the air – but not from the bees this time – as the last vestiges of summer saw the Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom awards ceremony held at the Hotel du Vin on September 29.

    Some impressive scores were chalked up in this summer’s competition, which was sponsored by Coolings Nursery.

    Sue Ashworth of Bayhall Road scored a perfect 100 in the Best Basket category, with Sandra and John O’Callaghan of Birch Close coming a close second on 98.

    They did, however, secure their winning gold award in the Best Planter/Tub/Container section.

    Southborough Pre-School posted a mighty 96 out of 100 among the schools, while Temple Grove Academy, St James’ CofE, Broadwater Down Primary, Opening Doors’ Herbilicious Project and St Barnabas CofE Primary also won gold.

    The judges made a special mention of the allotments, where the standard was very high, and the participants were complimented on their recycling arrangements.

    Cllr Jane March presented the awards and fellow councillor David Elliott, Chairman of the Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom Committee, was on hand to offer his congratulations to all the winners, as was was the Mayor, David Neve.

    WINNERS

    Best School
    Southborough Pre-School

    Best Street/Flats
    Calverley Park Crescent Residents Association

    Best Basket
    Sue Ashworth, Bayhall Road

    Best Planter/Tub/Container
    Sandra & John O’Callaghan, Birch Close

    Best Patio/Balcony
    Andrew Pratt, Monson Colonnade

    Best Front Garden
    Grant & Cherry Whytock, Cumberland Mews

    Best Wildlife Garden
    Claudia Sermbezis, Windmill Street

    Best Allotment
    Ray Copper, Hawkenbury

    Best Commercial Basket/Planter
    W A Turner, Broadwater Lane

    Best Community Allotment/Garden
    Crossways Community, Culverden Park Road

    Best Shop Front
    Love Inc, High Street

    Best Pub/Club/Café
    The Bedford, High Street

    Best Business Grounds
    The Barn, 1 Lonsdale Gardens

    Best Windowsill
    Parking Services, Town Hall