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Winners of the Environment Hailsham - formerly Hailsham in Bloom - Best Front Garden competition 2014 have been announced.

Organisers say the event has gone from strength to strength with many more residents entering this year. Spokeswoman Jackie Harris said, “The judges had a difficult task as there were many beautiful and skilfully organised gardens.”

Winners by just one point were Mr and Mrs Berry from Stoney Lane. Jackie said, “Their well laid-out garden which was full of colour and clever planting areas for wildlife and relaxing took first prize.”

They were just ahead of Mr Cousens from Moore Park who, judges said, ‘had a beautiful strong colour design.’ Others gaining awards were Mr and Mrs Smith, Mr I McEwan, Mr I Hopkins, Mr R Atherden and Mr and Mrs J Coe.

The Small Business Award was given to Karl Hopper-Young of Sussex Independent Financial Advisors of Downford House, George Street.

Environment Hailsham member and town councillor Mary Rowe said, “This is a great competition and we are pleased it encourages people to tidy their gardens, plant out and create an attraction in their street, making it a brighter and prettier place. It is of huge benefit to Hailsham and visitors often comment on how beautiful the town is in summer.

“The judges had a difficult task as there were many beautiful and skilfully organised gardens, I was encouraged to see so many people taking part this year giving colour and pride to our town. We hope to build on this next year when we will be advertising the event in spring.”

Jackie Harris said, “The warm spring and lovely summer weather has ensured our gardens look their best this year. I can’t emphasise enough how important this competition is to Hailsham. We have some lovely buildings and attractive streets, both in and around the town centre. Some of the gardens this year were show-stopping.

“People have clearly spent hours making them spectacular and we can’t thank them enough. I am always meeting people who ask me what it is about living in Hailsham that encourages people to cultivate their gardens to such a high standard and I can only think that year on year, neighbours realise what a difference a row of beautiful gardens makes to a townscape.

“A big thank-you to every one who took part.”