Committee members joined Ross-on-Wye Gardeners, as well as those
from other parts of the county, on the evening of Monday 20th
September, at Wyevale Garden Centre in Hereford. This was the
Annual Awards Ceremony for the Herefordshire & Wye Valley Summertime
Competition, which took place in August this year.
prestigious event, the competitions and evening are sponsored
by Wyevale Garden Centres, BBC Hereford & Worcester and the Hereford
Times. Mike George and Katie Smith did a marvellous job of compering
the night. There was a very enthusiastic Gardeners Question Time
with the gardening experts from all three sponsors. It was made
even more lively when a guinea pig escaped from his cage, having
decided this looked like a good evening and he would like to join
in. A great cheer came up when he was finally captured and returned
to his cage.
are five categories in this competition - Best Front Garden, Best
Business, Best Hotel etc., Best Conservation & Community Project
and Best Village. Prizes for the first three placings come in
the form of a Certificate and Voucher for Wyevale Garden Centre.
First in each category gets £300, second £150 and third £100 -
well worth entering.
again Ross did exceedingly well this year. Following on from two
awards last year, there were three for this. In the Business Category,
Mill House in Millpond Street, attained a 2nd place. In the Conservation
& Community Category, Ashfield Park School gained 1st and the
Quaker Ancient Burial Ground got 2nd. All recipients were surprised
and delighted to receive their awards. Ross-in-Bloom Chairman,
Jacky Bedford, said how delighted she was with these results,
and hopes they will be able to continue their hard work for the
years to come.
of Herefordshire and Wye Valley in Bloom, Trevor Swindells, expressed
his delight at so many entries for this year. However he was disappointed
in the number of villages taking part across the county - only
six. This is a fun competition as well as a prestigious one. Herefordshire
Council have been very generous in providing a cast plaque for
the winning village to display on its green or in its village
hall, and it would be nice to have more entries. Villages are
also reminded there are two categories in the Britain in Bloom
competitions. Again this can be a prestigious award for a village
and bring in lots of visitors and publicity.
village or hamlet wishing to know more about any of the 'In Bloom'
competitions please do contact the Herefordshire & Wye Valley
in Bloom Vice Chairman, Lyn Tomlinson on 01989 563056.
Sinclair Powell, Ross-in-Bloom