Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Jan Nicholson accompanied the Chairman of Knutsford in Bloom (and fellow councillor) Yvonne Bancroft as the winners of the 2016 Knutsford in Bloom awards were presented.
This year Knutsford in Bloom tried a new approach for the Front Garden competition, with friends and neighbours nominating their favourite gardens. “We wanted to acknowledge some of the lovely front gardens in Knutsford that had not previously entered. We asked members to spread the word and take a snap of front gardens making an impact in Knutsford” said Yvonne.
The group received so many nominations that members had to sift the photos to compile a top ten. The top ten gardens were then visited and judged by Cllr Nicholson, KiB Deputy Chairman Mary Johnson and Doug Christie, grounds team leader for ANSA.
The winners were:
1st place – Mrs Loretta Crabtree, Blackhill Lane
2nd place – Mr Graeme Webster, Branden Drive
3rd place – Mrs Jackie Edwards, Grove Park
“These are always of an excellent standard and make Knutsford look so inviting year round” Yvonne commented as the judges headed into the Town Centre to look at the efforts of the Knutsford business community. Across five categories fifteen businesses received an award for their contribution to Knutsford’s floriculture. Knutsford in Bloom have praised the business community for going ‘above and beyond’ year after year and thanked the traders who took time to create a display.
1st Place in the Hanging Basket displays went to Arthur Lee with Gerald’s following in second place and Shamoli in third. Top place for the Small Business category went to Nicholas Austin with King Barbers and Gareth West close behind in second and third respectively.
Courtyard Coffee House snapped up first place in the Large Business category with Hague Lambert second and Nxtep third. The best Pubs and Inns display was the Old Sessions House, with the Lord Eldon second and White Bear third.
Judging the RHS displays saw Gusto awarded first place; the same as they were awarded by the RHS judges, with Zapatos second and Clare & Illingworth third.
Knutsford in Bloom is funded by Knutsford Town Council and manages and plants a number of areas in Knutsford. The group have acheived a Silver Gilt at the North West in Bloom awards for six years running! For more information on Knutsford in Bloom and for photographs of all the winners visit www.knutsfordinbloom.co.uk