Towns pick up coveted bloom awards

CONNORS BRIGHTON 01273 486851'PICTURE BY NIGEL BOWLES'SOUTHERN WATER 'SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST IN BLOOM 2012 AWARDS FAREHAM. BLUE PETER GARDENER CHRIS COLLINS PRESENTS THE AWARDS'Small Park Awards Silver Gilt, Princess Diana Memorial Garden, Hampden Park: Bertie Wilmshurst and Hazel Tinstall
CONNORS BRIGHTON 01273 486851'PICTURE BY NIGEL BOWLES'SOUTHERN WATER 'SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST IN BLOOM 2012 AWARDS FAREHAM. BLUE PETER GARDENER CHRIS COLLINS PRESENTS THE AWARDS'Small Park Awards Silver Gilt, Princess Diana Memorial Garden, Hampden Park: Bertie Wilmshurst and Hazel Tinstall
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IT WAS all coming up roses for green-fingered Hampden Park and Hailsham residents who scooped prizes in the South and South East in Bloom contest.

Awards included Silver Gilt for the Princess Diana Memorial Garden in the Small Park category, Hampden Park in the Urban Community section and Hailsham in the Large Town category. Yvonne Farmer also won The Commendation Award for being a major supporter of Hampden Park in Bloom.

More than 320 attended the awards ceremony at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, where BBC TV gardener Chris Collins presented the main winners with an engraved glass trophy, and a certificate to all other entrants.

Bertie Wilmshurst and Hazel Tunstall picked up the Silver Gilt Award for the Princess Diana Memorial Garden.

Bertie said, “I’ve been going to the garden for many years now and try to visit most days.

“I’m very pleased with the award as I won bronze two years ago, silver last year and now silver gilt.”

The core themes of the Southern Water sponsored competition are horticulture and gardening, environmental responsibility and community participation. The campaign encourages residents and businesses to work together to improve their local environment and make neighbourhoods greener, cleaner and a pleasure to live in, work in and visit.