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Prizes for our blooming best
7:30am Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
AWARDS have been dished out for some marvellous gardens across Thurrock.
The wet summer failed to put a dampner on efforts made by the borough’s residents and community groups, as the annual Thurrock in Bloom contest received a record number of entries.
More than 200 residents, schools and senior citizens’ complexes entered the competition, which offers people across Thurrock a chance to showcase how green, clean, tidy and beautiful their gardens can be.
Prizes were handed out a special bash at the Thameside Theatre, in Grays, on Friday, September 28.
One category that was particulalry difficult this year, due to the increased number of entries, was the best senior citizen complex.
The Broome Place complex in Aveley, whose residents are pictured, came out on top, after five or six keen gardeners, who are residents, got the complex grounds looking colourful throughout the spring and summer.
Warden Andrea Hatfield said: “We’re very pleased. We were worried this year because the competition was bigger.
“But these gardens are what the residents look out on to and its really nice for them.
“They’re very proud of their gardens and they all really like living here because of the grounds.”
A number of schools also entered the competition this year. West Thurrock Primary school won the Best Achool Allotment award, as well as the Young People’s Award, while the Best School Wildlife Garden went to Arthur Bugler Junior School.
Thurrock resident David Smith won the Best Front Garden award and Mark Gibbons the Best Allotment Garden award.
Speaking after the awards presentation, mayor Yash Gupta said: “I am very grateful to all of the volunteers who have worked hard to organise the Thurrock in Bloom Association’s presentation evening and would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the council officers who have worked closely in supporting the volunteers.
“Long may this wonderful work continue.”
Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for environment, Cllr Victoria Holloway, said: “It was a wonderful event and I was honoured to be invited. It was a surprise to me how many residents were involved.
“I was particularly pleased to see how many schools had entered.”
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