BUDDING young gardens in Kenilworth have proved themselves top of the crops.
The winners of the Kenilworth in Bloom Gardens competition were announced at a special presentation evening at Kenilworth Sports and Social Club.
And competition was particularly tough in the school gardens cataegory this year.
In Bloom judges reported receiving a high number of entries from schools with seven primary, junior and infant schools battling it out for prizes.
Members of Kenilworth in Bloom judged the gardens in July and were struck by pupils’ enthusiasm for growing flowers and vegetables, and were very impressed by their work to support wildlife and the environment.
The winners of the cups for the schools’ competition were Priors Field Primary School and St Nicholas C E Community Primary School.
Thorns Community Infant School won a gold certificate.
Clinton Primary School and Park Hill Junior School both won silver gilt certificates, and silver certificates were awarded to St Augustine’s RC Primary School and Crackley Hall School.
And in the residential/community section of the competition, seven cups were awarded to gardeners whose gardens were judged to be the best in their class.
Denise Newbold won the John and Suzanne Mould Trophy for the best new entrant to the competition, and John Bradley won the cup for the best communal garden.
The trophy for the best front garden went to Ken and Lilian Thompson. The class for large back gardens was won by Liz and Bob Watson, while Jacqui Hancox won the cup for the best small back garden.
Elizabeth Larson and Gillian Birch shared first place in the medium size back garden category, and both of them were awarded cups. Liz Larson won the trophy for the most ecologically friendly garden, while Gillian Birch’s garden was judged to have the most original and unusual design.