Awards for gardening champions

Village in Bloom winner Jim O'Brien with Shirley Clark
Village in Bloom winner Jim O'Brien with Shirley Clark

THE GREEN-fingered residents of Pevensey have taken home trophies in the annual Village in Bloom awards, despite the terrible weather.

Shirley Clark, organiser of the competition, judged the gardens across the village with Fred Godfrey from ESK who is known as Green fingered Fred.

Mrs Clark said, “The gardeners of Pevensey and Pevensey Bay have been in despair about their gardens and their containers for the past few months.

“A lot of the plants have failed to grow and those that wanted a red, white and blue display for the Diamond Jubilee were extremely disappointed.” However, a total of nineteen villagers took part in this year’s gardening contest.

The overall winner was Jim O’Brien of 1 Innings Drive, Pevensey Bay. He was runner-up last year and pulled out all the stops to gain the extra points.

Second place went to Christine Pollard of Senlac, Sea Road, Pevensey Bay, and third place went to Barry and Val Race of Seaside Serenity, 75 Innings Drive, Pevensey Bay.

A new king of the hanging baskets has been crowned this year. David Cooper, the only entry from Pevensey, has won this category for the five of the six years the competition has been in place.

The new king of the hanging baskets is Peter Cherry of 29 Coast Road, Pevensey Bay.

The judges also awarded a special personal award this year because they felt Michael Atkins, of 9 Waverley Gardens, Pevensey Bay, had put a huge amount of effort in to his garden.

A new community garden project involving residents from Tower Close and Harold Close also won an award.

Mrs Clark said, “Mr Godrey was extremely impressed with the idea and praised the residents for all their efforts.

“He felt more communities could follow the same example.”

All entrants received a certificate from the sponsors, Pevensey Parish Council.

It is to be hoped the weather will be better for 2013 when the villages once again compete for best garden, best hanging basket and best community project.