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Gardeners prove that Knutsford’s in bloom
Lorraine and Ted Dorsett of Woodside picked up first prize in the front garden competition for their colourful display Clr Vivien Davies and Yvonne Bancroft presented the award to the couple
KNUTSFORD’S green-fingered residents and businesses have been honoured in a community competition.
The annual front garden and business display competition, organised by Knutsford in Bloom, has taken place and the winners have been announced.
Lorraine and Ted Dorset of Woodside claimed first prize in the residential competition while the Cross Keys picked up best pub prize and Shamoli sealed best business hanging basket display.
The Belle Epoque won the large business floral display and the Nail Studio clinched the small business award.
Yvonne Bancroft, chairman of Knutsford in Bloom, said the competition was the talk of the town.
“The entrants absolutely love it and they want to know who has won it – it’s really great fun,” she said.
“The pubs and the large businesses are really competitive but the winners really deserve it. They were made up that they had won and really grateful that someone had appreciated the effort that they had put in.
“As we turned the corner in the car, everyone said ‘wow’ when we saw the first prize winner of the front garden. We would love to have more people enter their front gardens in the competition.
“Walking around we see so many lovely gardens and if we have more entries we can increase the categories to recognise the different styles and sizes of front gardens being entered.”
This year’s judges visited the town on July 24 and the panel was made up of Clr Vivien Davies, Knutsford Town Mayor, Sam Youd, former head gardener at Tatton Park and Simon Tetlow, head gardener at Tatton Park.
The judges were looking for impact, substance to the gardens and some form of year round interest in the front garden category and in the case of the business displays, they had to be ‘summer long’ to benefit the town’s appearance.
The categories were expanded this year to recognise the variety of displays in the town and included pub and inns displays, large business displays, small business displays and business hanging baskets.
Yvonne added: “I would like to thank the judges and Stephen Bridgehouse our photographer for giving up their time. We all had a lovely day and it's a great way to see everyone’s wonderful efforts.
“The judges and I would like to thank everyone entering the front garden competition and putting on lovely displays for the town. They make a massive contribution to the town’s appeal.”