Glorious garden displays were celebrated by Exmouth in Bloom at an annual awards ceremony applauding local green-fingered talent.
Some 61 entrants competed in eight classes to find Exmouth’s best hanging baskets, front and rear gardens, vegetable plot, wildlife garden, residential care home, community effort or sports club.
Certificates of merit were presented to all taking part. The overall class winner had the highest mark from entrants achieving a Gold Standard of 85 per cent or more.
The overall winner was Chris Strong, who was also awarded the Exmouth in Bloom trophy for his wildlife garden.
Class 1. PETER WEST: containers/hanging baskets/planters.
Class 2. COLETTE EATON-HARRIS: vegetable plot:
Class 3. ROBERT CANTER: front gardens:
Class 4. ELIZABETH WATERSON: rear gardens:
Class 5. CHRIS STRONG: wildlife gardens:
Class 6. THE BICTON INN: business premises:
Class 7. MANOR LODGE: residential care homes:
Class 8. ALDBOROUGH COURT: sports club/community effort.
Marpool and Littleham primary schools earlier this year won the Exmouth in Bloom annual schools’ competition, showcasing pupils’ gardening skills.
The night of presentations included revealing the 16 Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood winners, whose awards were presented by South West in Bloom judge Christine Fraser.
There were nine top-grade awards that were judged to be Outstanding – the Bicton Inn area, Brixington Improvement Group, Bystock Ponds, Hamilton Road allotments, Lambeth Walk Local Community Project, Littleham Primary School, Madiera Bowling Club, Marpool Primary School and The Swan Project.
Award celebrations to recognise the town’s success in the 2019 Britain in Bloom competition were held last Wednesday at Exmouth Rugby Club.
Gerry Bassett, Exmouth in Bloom chairman, thanked volunteers for the ‘thousands of hours’ spent weeding, planting and tidying the town, and the extra hours on top, fundraising.