Garden gems recognised in annual Bloom awards

St Pauls Court took the title of the Best Retirement Complex.
St Pauls Court took the title of the Best Retirement Complex.

Green-fingered residents and businesses have been recognised for their fabulous floral efforts in the annual Alnwick in Bloom Gardening Competition.

The 2016 contest comprised four categories: Best Garden; Best Container Display; Best Retirement Complex; and Best Commercial Premises.

Turnbulls was second in the Best Commercial Premises section.

Turnbulls was second in the Best Commercial Premises section.

The standard of entries was once again high and the judges were impressed with what they saw.

Elizabeth Jones, chairman of Alnwick in Bloom, said: “The judges said that the standard was absolutely superb and they enjoyed the trip around Alnwick looking at the excellent floral displays.

“We are very happy with the response to this year’s competition and we had a few more entries than last year, so the popularity of the competition is growing.”

Geoff Anderson, of 16 St James Estate, took the title in the Best Garden category. The runner-up was Alan Wall, of 41 Springfield Park, while Ron Bernstein, of 33 Lower Barresdale, came third.

Jean Atkinson, of 6 Mews Towers, Park View, was second in the Best Retirement Complex category.

Jean Atkinson, of 6 Mews Towers, Park View, was second in the Best Retirement Complex category.

In the Best Container Display section, George Turner, of 35 Swansfield Park Road, was crowned the winner. Second place went to Vince Fife, from 56 St James Estate, while Jenny Blair, of 14 Blakelaw Road, was third.

The winner of the Best Commercial Premises category was The Plough, on Bondgate Without, followed by Turnbulls, on Market Street, in second. The Northumberland Gazette, on Bondgate Without, was third.

Residents and staff at St Paul’s Court, on Prudhoe Street, are celebrating after taking the title in the Best Retirement Complex section. The runner-up was Jean Atkinson, of 6 Mews Towers, on Park View, while residents at Clayport Mews came third.

The prizes, which will be silver plaques for first, second and third places, will be presented at a ceremony at The Alnwick Garden on Tuesday, September 20, from 6.30pm.

Geoff Anderson was the winner of the Best Garden section.

Geoff Anderson was the winner of the Best Garden section.

○ Gazette readers are being given a last chance to submit their entries for the annual Sunflower Challenge, before judging takes place at the end of August/beginning of September.

Email your entries to Janet Hall at janet.hall@jpress.co.uk with name, address and contact number. You can also include a picture of the sunflower, but this is not essential. The winners will be presented with prizes at the same ceremony in The Garden in September.

Alan Wall, of 41 Springfield Park, came second in the Best Garden category.

Alan Wall, of 41 Springfield Park, came second in the Best Garden category.

Vince Fife was runner up in the Best Container Display section.

Vince Fife was runner up in the Best Container Display section.

George Turner, of 35 Swansfield Park Road, won the Best Container Display.

George Turner, of 35 Swansfield Park Road, won the Best Container Display.

The Plough won the Best Commercial Premises.

The Plough won the Best Commercial Premises.