Green fingers have certainly been busy in the Ilkeston area this year after another bumper crop of wins in the Erewash in Bloom Awards.
Hot on the heels of its silver success in the East Midlands in Bloom competition, Chaucer Junior School’s eco-garden won the joint top spot in the school garden category.
Parent Kerry Wheatley, who has run the school’s gardening club for the past nine years, said it had been quite a year, with an incredible Silver Gilt Flora award at the Chelsea Flower Show back in May.
“It’s been an amazing year,” she said.
“I am so proud of the school. The club has grown from six pupils when I started to 96 now.”
Vegetables grown in the garden by pupils are used in school dinners but there are also planters and flowers to add to its visual appeal.
The school shared the top spot with Long Eaton’s Grange Primary School and they were handed their awards at a ceremony on Friday October 11.
The Best Business Award was won by Bramble Lodge in West Hallam, for a second year in a row.
Manager Sue Cumberland said: “We were delighted to win. It’s all down to the hard work of the team that looks after the garden.”
The High Lane care home’s garden covers more than an acre and is looked after by the residents as well as staff.
It shared first place with McCarthy and Stone in Long Eaton.
Best pub was the Spanish Bar in South Street, Ilkeston, alongside Morley Hayes – the award show host.
Kirk Hallam had a trio of top results with best front garden going to Mark Gatley, of Wirksworth Road, Best Wildlife/Environmental Garden to Brian and Margaret Hobby of Highfield Drive and the Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows winning best street or communal area.
Best Rear Garden (medium to large) went to John Eley, Morley Lane, Stanley, while both the Best Rear Garden (small) and Best Hanging Baskets awards went to Mr and Mrs S. Ryles, of Eskdale Close, Long Eaton.
The Tallest Sunflower award went to Alfie and Millie Weston, of Long Eaton.
The Bloom contest is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash Campaign
Mayor of Erewash, Cllr Val Clare, presented the awards, which were announced by Dave Bramwell, the council’s head of greenspace and street scene.