Borough’s finest gardens are honoured

NILA 12-10-12 BE 14 Erewash in bloom 2012. School winners.
NILA 12-10-12 BE 14 Erewash in bloom 2012. School winners.
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An Ilkeston school’s young gardeners have secured themselves an amazing three awards in this year’s Erewash In Bloom competition.

The annual contest sees gardens in homes, businesses and schools across the borough battle it out to be named the borough’s most beautiful.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 12 Erewash in bloom 2012. Ilkestons Chaucer junior school winners. Ryley Hughes, Spencer Mottram, James Wheatley, Grace Freeman, Mia Layton-Parry, Abigail LeGrove, Mrs Kerry Wheatley and Mayor of Erewash cllr Jennifer Hulls.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 12 Erewash in bloom 2012. Ilkestons Chaucer junior school winners. Ryley Hughes, Spencer Mottram, James Wheatley, Grace Freeman, Mia Layton-Parry, Abigail LeGrove, Mrs Kerry Wheatley and Mayor of Erewash cllr Jennifer Hulls.

Chaucer Junior School not only won joint first prize with The Long Eaton School in the Best School category, but also won Most Patriotic display and the Tallest Sunflower award.

Headteacher Anna Upton said the school’s success was down to parent volunteer Kerry Wheatley who has run the school’s very popular garden club for more than eight years.

“I feel very proud,” said Mrs Upton.

“Mrs Wheatley has seen us get the runner-up prize before but this is the first time we’ve won, so she’s so proud too.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 9 Erewash in bloom 2012. Stanley St Andrews primary school children Izzy Annable, Adam Self and Eve Morley.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 9 Erewash in bloom 2012. Stanley St Andrews primary school children Izzy Annable, Adam Self and Eve Morley.

“The kids were absolutely ecstatic – they couldn’t stop smiling.”

All the winners were announced at a ceremony at Morley Hayes golf club on Friday.

Other first prizes included The General Havelock in Ilkeston in the Pubs, Restaurants and Hotels category.

Best Street or Communal Area was won by Three Trees Community Association, a group which takes care of a plot of land in Anson Walk.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 10 Erewash in bloom 2012. Mayor of Erewash cllr Jennifer Hulls presents award to Andrew Rutherford from The General Havelock in Ilkeston.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 10 Erewash in bloom 2012. Mayor of Erewash cllr Jennifer Hulls presents award to Andrew Rutherford from The General Havelock in Ilkeston.

And Bramble Lodge care home in West Hallam won Business, Commercial and Places of Worship category.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 11 Erewash in bloom 2012. Keira Tomas and Flynn Ellis from the Parkland infants and nursery school in Long Eaton.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 11 Erewash in bloom 2012. Keira Tomas and Flynn Ellis from the Parkland infants and nursery school in Long Eaton.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 13 Erewash in bloom 2012. English Martyr's school pupils Tess Bassil, Robert McElhone, lydia Brassil and Megan McElhone.

NILA 12-10-12 BE 13 Erewash in bloom 2012. English Martyr's school pupils Tess Bassil, Robert McElhone, lydia Brassil and Megan McElhone.