The winners of the first ever Maidstone Borough in Bloom competition have been announced at a prize-giving ceremony held by Coolings Garden Centre.

The winners will all receive a trophy, £25 Coolings gift voucher plus two adult annual tickets for Leeds Castle.

Coolings Head Judge Neil Jackson said: “It has been a real pleasure to see the entries for Maidstone, the standard was very high. We do have a high criteria which is developed by the London Garden Society so anyone who has received a prize should feel very proud.”

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Best Community Environmental Garden – Stephanie Fitzmaurice, HMP Maidstone, Maidstone

Deputy Mayor of Maidstone Borough Council Derek Mortimer said: “It is wonderful that so many people work so hard to make their garden, pots, allotments or community gardens look beautiful. This was our first year holding the competition and hope there will be many more, hopefully in the future it might be possible for Maidstone to progress and enter the South In Bloom competition to showcase community efforts and parks.

“It is particularly pleasing that our local businesses have taken the time to enter especially after the difficult year they have all been through. Each entry helps makes our borough a better place to live and work in and it’s been a real pleasure to award everyone their prizes.”

List of the winning entries:

Residential Categories

  • Best Front Garden – Claudia Muessig, West Farleigh
  • Best Back Garden – Joint winners: Catherine Burchill, Maidstone and Jenny Adams, Maidstone
  • Best Planted pot trough or hanging basket – Gary Norman, Maidstone
  • Best vegetable garden or allotment – Ian and Carl, Maidstone
  • Best pollinators garden – Claudia Muessig, West Farleigh

Commercial Categories

  • Best Commercial garden – Dougie Lawson, Turkey Court, Maidstone
  • Best Commercial Planted pot trough or hanging basket – Stephanie Fitzmaurice HMP Maidstone

Community Categories

  • Best Community Environmental Garden – Stephanie Fitzmaurice, HMP Maidstone, Maidstone
  • Best Community Ornamental Garden – Nicola Dawson, Kings Lodge,  Maidstone

By Ed

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