Keen gardeners from across the town were honoured for their efforts at the Northampton in Bloom awards ceremony at the Guildhall last week.

The 17th annual Northampton in Bloom competition had 101 entrants, including 38 community groups, 28 residents, 19 businesses, 12 schools, three allotments and one Parish Council.

A range of Gold, Silver Gilt and Silver awards were presented to groups and individuals who created vibrant and imaginative floral and planted displays inspired by this year’s theme of remembrance, in gardens, parks, schoolyards and public spaces.

The awards, presented by The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Tony Ansell, Leader of the Borough Council, Councillor Jonathan Nunn, Bloom Committee Chair, Councillor Mike Hallam, included a number of special accolades.

The Buddies of Becket’s group were recognised as Best Newcomers for their work to improve Becket’s Park,(Photo enclosed) Far Cotton Residents’ Association won the Best Remembrance Garden for their poppy-laden flower beds on the Towcester Road, the Most Colourful Garden accolade was achieved by Rosemary and Tony Adams for their garden in Weston Favell and the Bellinge Gets Better group were crowned Champion of Champions.

Cllr Hallam said: “We have some very talented, dedicated and inventive gardeners across our town and I’m so proud of their achievements and grateful for their efforts, which really improve the quality of life in Northampton.

“This contest brings people and communities together and makes the town a greener and more beautiful place.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken part – we’ve already won a Gold award in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition as result of their hard work and we’re eagerly awaiting the results of our entry to Britain in Bloom.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to the competition sponsors; Chelton Brown; Cramden Nursery; Daro Cane Furniture; ideverde; K & J Hird; Moulton College; Pizza Express; The Optimist; Stagecoach East Midlands; and Tangerine Red.”

A list of all the winners and photos from this year’s competition can be found at: https://www.northampton.gov.uk/homepage/499/northampton-in-bloom