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Somerset gardens in bloom

Gardeners across Somerset were recognised at an awards ceremony in Alcombe recently.

Green fingered residents from Magna Housing were recognised for their skill and hard work to produce beautiful gardens, in Magna’s annual gardening competition.

Mr and Mrs Matravers (pictured), who live in Bridgetown, were the overall winners of the Tim Chilcott cup.  Mrs Matravers said: “We’ve entered the competition about five times now and we have won the cup before, but it was still a real surprise to win it this year as well as a great honour.

“I wasn’t going to enter this year, but other people encouraged me so I decided to give it a go.  I’m really glad I did now.  Although it’s hard work it’s nice because the people in the village love to see the garden and I do enjoy doing it too.

“We plant the garden from scratch every year with everything either from seed or from small plug plants.  Then at the end of the year it all goes on the compost heap before we start again next year.”

Derek Cridland, himself a Magna resident, was one of the judges this year.  He said:

“Lots of people entered the garden competition this year and there were some really good gardens so it was quite hard to judge.  Everyone clearly put a lot of hard work in.

“It would be good to encourage other people to enter next year, particularly younger people.  When we go on walkabouts round the areas we see lots of lovely gardens, but they don’t enter.

“It doesn’t cost anything to enter and this year anyone who too part got a voucher to spend.”

Winners of the competition were invited to a presentation ceremony at Silvermead community room, Alcombe, to receive their certificates and prizes.

Results for first place:
Tim Chilcott cup for the overall winner: Mr & Mrs Matravers
Gardens: Mr & Mrs Irish
Patios, containers, hanging baskets and window boxes: Mr & Mrs Matravers
Communal: Mr & Mrs Irish
Sustainable/wildlife: Mr Lenthall
Children’s: Miss Maiya Binding
Vegetables: Mr & Mrs Sully
Most improved: Mr & Mrs Hopwood

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