Blooming marvellous gardens, streets and businesses in Cliftonville scoop awards

Ethelbert Crescent Flowerbeds / Friends of Cliftonville Coastline scoop silver for best community garden

The winners of Cliftonville in Bloom have been announced by community organisers the Gordon Road Area Street Scheme (GRASS).

Neighbours and businesses showcased their gardening talents with stunning displays and verdant vistas instilling a sense of pride and within the Cliftonville West community.

The judges, GRASS Chair, Simon Bell; Garden Gate Project’s Paul Boyce; Franzi Sordon from Windmill Community Gardens and Confetti Gardens and Kevin Pressland from Thanet council, gave their time for free to assess more than 80 applicants.

Best Community Garden – People’s Vote

Gold – 24% of the public vote – The Oval Flowerbeds / Gordon Road Area Street Scheme (GRASS)

Silver – 18% of the public vote – Ethelbert Crescent Flowerbeds / Friends of Cliftonville Coastline (FOCC)

Bronze – 17% of the public vote – Dalby Square Gardens / Dalby Square Area Residents Association (DSARA),

171 votes were cast by 57 people.

Best Street

Gold – Ethelbert Road

Silver – Grotto Gardens

Bronze – Madeira Road

Best Front Garden

Gold – Jonathan Shears, Flat 4 Cliffside, Fifth Avenue (pictured)

Silver – Jack and Nathan, Flat 2, 55 Godwin Road (joint silver)

Silver – Lesley Brown, 9 Cornwall Gardens (joint silver)

Bronze – Kelly Abbott, Basement Flat, 7 Clarendon Road

Best Container Display

Gold – Vivienne Osbourn, 12 Albion Road (joint gold) pictured above

Gold – Charlotte Woolley, 54 Ethelbert Road (joint gold) pictured below

Silver – Twinkle Troughton, 58 Sweyn Road

Bronze – Harjit Jagpal & Helen Holmes, 63 Harold Road

Best Commercial Display

Gold – Morag Butler, Rosslyn Court, 62 Sweyn Road, pictured above

Silver – Rob Wheeler, 27 Warwick Road

Bronze – Nasza Biedronka, 228 Northdown Road

Best Creative Display

Gold – Jade Spranklen, 45 Gordon Road, pictured

Silver – Sophia Rudkins, Flat 11, 7-13 Norfolk Court

Bronze – P Davis, 15A Clifton Gardens

Criteria

Best Front Garden – The goal for this category is to find the display with the most impact – size is not a factor. The entry is for households only, the garden must be clearly visible from the roadside and most plants must be planted in the ground.

Best Container Display – The winner of this category will have a display with the best use of planters, hanging baskets or window boxes. This is the most appropriate category for those who have limited space and not much ground to plant in.

Best Creative Display – Are you creative? Perhaps you want to build a sculpture and fill it with flowers. Have you got a dilapidated chest of drawers, a wheelbarrow, or even an old kitchen sink? Well why not give your DIY planter some TLC, maybe paint it, or cover it in mosaic tiles, fill it with soil, and get something planted!

Best Commercial Display – The goal for this category is to find a local pub, hotel, restaurant, shop, business, or organisation that is creating a great first impression with a beautiful display outside their premises.

Best Street – The winner of this category will be judged on ALL entries from the above categories. As the saying goes “you’ve got to be in it to win it”! The more people who sign up to individual categories the better chance your street will have of winning. Please note you do not need to enter your street, as all streets are automatically judged based on individual entries.

Best Community Garden – This category is for a community garden that is looked after by residents, it can be a large area, a small area, or simply some flower beds, if it’s cared for by local people, we would love for it to be entered in the competition. For the first time ever, this category was made up from public nominations, and then the gardens were put to an online ‘People’s Vote’. Details of the process can be found here – https://grasscliftonville.org/best-community-garden-peoples-vote

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