Exmouth gardeners show off talents in annual competition

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 September 2019

The winning garden in East Devon's annual Tenants Garden Competition 2019. Picture: East Devon District Council

The winning garden in East Devon's annual Tenants Garden Competition 2019. Picture: East Devon District Council

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Nearly 50 green-fingered residents brought some tough competition, showing off their gardening skills in the Tenants Garden Competition 2019.

There were 48 entries in this year's contest, which is an annual event organised by Bev Anderson - tenant participation assistant in the housing service at East Devon District Council (EDDC).

Horticultural Consultant Kieron Bewes judged the competition and used the Royal Horticultural Society judging method to evaluate the entries.

An EDDC spokesman said the standard of gardens this year was particularly high with 26 entries achieving gold awards, 19 silver and three bronze.

A prize winners' ceremony was held at the Froginwell Vineyard, Woodbury Salterton on August 6, where the winners were presented with their prizes, followed by a celebratory tea.

Among the winners were:

- Mrs Bunker (Budleigh Salterton) - gold and gategory winner - disabled garden.

- Mrs Hughes (Exmouth) - gold and category winner - containers and hanging baskets.

- Mr Jenkin (Exmouth) - gold and category winner - front garden.

- Mrs Bastin (Exmouth) - gold - communal garden.

- Mr Howard and Mrs A Weedon (East Budleigh) - gold - back garden.

- Mrs Martyn (Otterton) - gold - competition overall garden winner.

- Mr Miller (Exmouth) - gold - containers and hanging baskets.

- Mr and Mrs Turner (Exmouth) - gold - first time entrant.

- Mrs Beasley (Exmouth) - silver - front garden.

- Mrs Beer (Broadclyst) - silver - containers and hanging baskets.

- Mrs Cranch (Exmouth) - silver - back garden.

- Mr Gallagher (Woodbury) - silver - disabled garden.

- Mrs Higham (Exmouth) - silver - disabled garden.

- Mr Martin (Woodbury) - silver - recycled garden.

- Mr Toplis (Exmouth) - silver - front garden.

- Mrs Galley (Budleigh Salterton) - bronze - first time entrant.

Councillor Megan Armstrong attended the event together with sponsors Craig Jones from Ian Williams Ltd and William Morrison of Thistle Insurance. Raffle prizes were donated by Bradfords and Bev Anderson.

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