Northampton in Bloom winners celebrate awards for their green-fingered efforts

Winners in Northampton In Bloom 2015
Winners in Northampton In Bloom 2015

Keen gardeners across Northampton are celebrating after winning a medal at this year’s Northampton in Bloom awards ceremony.

The medal winners were announced last night at a special ceremony at The Guildhall attended by the Mayor of Northampton, BBC Radio Northampton’s gardening expert Johnnie Amos, members of the Bloom Planning Committee, sponsors and East Midlands in Bloom judges.

The medals recognise and celebrate the horticultural achievement and hard work of Northampton’s keen gardeners who helped the town scoop a Silver Gilt for a second year running in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition.

There was a record number of entrants in the local Northampton in Bloom 2015 competition, with 26 green-fingered community groups, 14 schools, 10 businesses and six individual residents all taking part to create beautiful displays across the town.

An impressive 21 gold medals, 17 silver gilts and 18 silver medals were handed out this year by the Northampton in Bloom Committee. The Northampton in Bloom award for the best school garden went to Lyncrest Primary School and Brookside Residents’ Council Community Gardening Club won the best community group category. Ecton Brook Primary School won the best photograph category and the champion of champions for 2015 was Homestead Cottages.

East Midlands in Bloom judges also presented awards for the regional competition with Headlands Primary School and Northgate School Arts College both receiving silver medals and Lyncrest Primary School receiving a gold medal in the best school gardens category. Ken and Jean Goodway of Wootton received a bronze medal in the Frank Constable MBE Award for Best Residential Garden and The Sun Inn won a silver gilt for the best hotel or pub garden or display.

St Crispin Retirement Village achieved a silver medal in the East Midlands in Bloom small village category and The Knights’ Trail was also recognised, winning an East Midlands in Bloom judges’ award.

Seven ‘It’s your neighbourhood’ awards were recognised by East Midlands in Bloom judge Doug Stacey.

Councillor Alan Bottwood, chair of the Northampton in Bloom Planning Committee and Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “Northampton in Bloom gets better and better each year and everyone who took part should be really proud of their achievements and how they have all worked together to make their areas of Northampton more attractive for the benefit of the whole community. We would also like to thank the many sponsors of Northampton in Bloom whose support has once again been huge and very much appreciated.”

Plans for Northampton in Bloom 2016 are underway and the theme chosen is remembrance and fun in the garden. Entry forms are available online at www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptoninbloom.

Full details of Northampton in Bloom 2015 medal winners:

GOLD

Barry Primary School

Bradlaugh Fields and Barn Sensory Garden

Delapre Gardening Project

Ecton Brook Primary School, Bellinge Campus

Far Cotton Residents Association

Ecton Brook Primary School, Bellinge Campus

Headlands Primary School

Homestead Cottages

Hunsbury Hill Farm & Gardens

Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School

Lisa & John Bishop

Lyncrest Primary School

Morcea Walker

Mr & Mrs Goodway

Northgate School Arts College

Spinney Hill Public House

St Crispin Residents Garden Club

St James Library

St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Abington

Sue Loveland

The Sun Inn

The Wheatsheaf Pub & Dining Room

SILVER GILT

Billing Road East Allotments

Blue Watch, Mounts Fire Station

Brookside Residents’ Council Community Gardening Club

Carlsberg UK Ltd

Castle Environmental Group

Delapre Primary School

Friends of Abington Park

Diana Edis

East Hunsbury Primary School

Horticulture Abington Park Olympus Care Services

Hunsbury Rural Skills

John & Jan Alsop

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Queensgrove Church Garden

Rectory Farm Primary School

Sheriff Road in Bloom

The Malt Shovel Tavern

SILVER

Colwyn Road Residents’ Association

Double H Residents’ Association

Earl Spencer Primary School

Friends of Eastfield Park

Golden Horse Public House

Greenfields School Specialist Communication Academy

Kingsley Park Methodist Church

Northampton Hope Centre - Oasis House

Queen Eleanor Primary Academy

Queens Road Community

Simon de Senlis Primary School

St Edmunds Residents’ Association

The Abington

The Arbours Primary Academy

The Lamplighter Public House

The Swan and Helmet Public House

Thorplands Youth Club

Workbridge