Brighter Uckfield volunteers presented trophies and certificates to winners of their Best Garden Competition yesterday.
There ceremony was held in the Council Chamber in Uckfield Civic Centre. Beryl Venables announced the winners and the trophies were presented by Brighter Uckfield chairman Ian Smith.
Judge Dee Russell spent three weeks visiting the gardens of entrants and was thanked for judging, encouraging the entrants, and taking photographs of their gardens.
Her comments included “Breath-taking, a joy to visit; Beautifully designed and full of interest and colour; The colour packed a punch; Very impressive and really has the wow factor; A pleasure to visit.” Read all her comments below.
Uckfield Chamber of Commerce was thanked for funding new trophies for the competition. Ian Smith said Brighter Uckfield hoped to replace more of them next year.
The winners were:
Best Front Garden – Annie and Paul Lock
Beautifully designed and full of interest and colour – pots of all shapes and sizes with plants spilling over their edges.
It made the judge smile with the delightful quirky ideas and mature, healthy, abundance of colour. A worthy winner. Congratulations Annie and Paul.
Best Back Garden – Pauline Brown
Breath-taking, a joy to visit. The garden is a real challenge as it’s so steep, but terraced with railway sleepers and steps.
Though north facing and part shielded by a tree, it’s full of roses, campanulas, anenomes, hibiscus, lilies, dahlias and sweet peas. There’s a small pond and waterfall, and seating area. A triumph in challenging garden conditions, Pauline.
Best Small Front Garden – Fiona Barallon
As soon as I parked close by, I knew which garden I was to judge as the colour packs a punch. Hydrangeas and roses with bright summer bedding – all a delight. Congratulations Fiona.
Best Small Back Garden – Georgie Dorrington
A lovely flat garden with a beautiful curved brick wall giving shelter and character and ideal for climbing plants. All the heucheras are like a patchwork qulit. Overall it is very impressive and really has the wow factor. Congratulations Georgie.
Highly Commended Small Back Garden – John Forster
A lovely garden on different levels. The old pond, filled in, is now a lush bog garden. There’s a rose arch, seating area, birtd bath and feeder and cottage garden plants. A pleasure to visit. Well done, John.
Highly Commended Small Back Garden – Christine Fogden
Another terraced garden because of the gradient. Full of colour and interest, magnolia, wisteria, red robin, mock orange, fuchsias, roses and lavender. The judge admires this daily when dog walking. Well done, Christine.
Best New Garden – Geoffrey Forster
Started only last May this small new garden, full of memories from past gardens is already very colourful. There’s honeysuckle, roses, campanula, lupins, hollyhocks and irises to name just a few. What a delightful garden in a short time. Congratulations Geoffrey.
Most Unusual Garden – Alistair Sandell
This special garden was made from an unused wasteland full of litter purchased from Uckfield Town Council and divided into plots which retain the original former hospital walls. Alistair’s garden is full of intrest with fruit, vegetables and flowers, a shed, waterbutt and a chair on which to sit and enjoy this unusual garden.
Best Container Garden – Val Bray
This front garden has been covered in membrane, then shingle, pebbles and rocks and has an array of pots full of colourful flowers, some bought, some rescued, and giving a lovely welcome as you approach.
Best Revamped Garden – Robin and Daphne Hewlett
If it’s not recycled, upcycled or quirky, then it doesn’t belong in this garden. The long garden has been divided into rooms and is full of great ideas. All your hard work in revamping has paid off. Well done Robin and Daphne.
Best Vegetable Garden – Robert Crozier
An arch takes you from Robert’s very attractive garden to his well maintained and very productive vegetable garden – lettuce, rocket, parsnips, beetroot, radishes, broadbeans, peas, runner beans, sweetcorn, courgettes, and fruit, pears, plum raspberries, tayberries, blueberries, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries, and rhubarb, and greenhouse, tomatoes and cucumbers. Wow. Congratulations Robert.
Best Overall Garden – Julie Eiloart
The judge said this was a truly lovely garden to visit and very well thought out. It’s packed with plants including tomatoes and peppers, a banana plant, a tree fern, olive tree, clematis, lilies and irises. There are wildlife-friendly plants. Every corner is used, everything is healthy. Congratulations Julie.
Best Community Garden – Keld Close
What was an overgrown unsightly area is now maturing into a well-loved and tended centre of this community. It’s packed with colour and scents, and with its benches provides a beautiful oasis in which to sit. Congratulations to those involved.
Best Communal Garden – Shaftesbury Court
This is a lovely garden for the residents. It has a large pond with irises and water lilies, residents’ own patio gardens and balconies, mature trees and bushes with pots full of colour.
Money from raffles pays for the plants and residents also contribute their ideas and take pride in their garden. Thank you Anita.
Best Revamped Communal Garden – Millington Court
This riverside area has been revamped by Gary to provide an attractive, tranquil place for residents to sit. It’s full of colour with flowerbeds, shrubs, and pots. Congratulations Gary on all you’ve achieved and I know the residents appreciate.
Best Church Garden – Cornerstone
Linda Hallett has done an amazing job over many years on this almost impossible, very sloping, large and inaccessible site beside the church. It’s a lovely colourful bank of mature perennials. What perseverance and dedication. Congratulations Linda.
Best School – Rocks Park Primary
Rocks Park Primary School has a wonderful area where they grow vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and an orchard with apple trees.
Children learn to sow the seeds, tend the plants and harvest them. It’s been an excellent projet over many years and deserves to win.
Best Pub – Brickmakers Arms
As always, bright, well-chosen, well-tended plants filling and over-spilling the containers, baskets and window boxes that welcome you to this small friendly pub. Congratulations again Helen.
Best Commercial Garden – Thorne Civil Engineers
Here the forecourt has been made very colourful and attractive with weeping cherry trees, lavenders and hebe, fuchsias, and grasses with a slate dressing suppressing weeds. It’s a very good example of how a car park can be made attractive.
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