Friday, 06 August 2021

Woman wins new front gardens contest

THE prize-winners in a new best front gardens competition have been announced.

THE prize-winners in a new best front gardens competition have been announced.

Sally Castle, of Ruscombe, won the contest with her flowerbeds and sculptures and pathways made from recycled materials. She received a £100 voucher from the centre.

Second prize went to Robert Knight, of Thames Drive, Charvil, for his striped front lawn and vegetable garden.

Mr Knight, who won a voucher for £75, said: “My wife Hilary and I have lived here for 30 years and if I am not sleeping or playing golf then I am in the garden.”

Tim and Marion Davis, of The Hawthorns, Charvil, won a £50 voucher for their cottage garden. 



Mrs Davis said: “We have lived here for 24 years and that has given the garden time to evolve.

“I think I would describe it as boring when we moved in but we both spend quite a lot of time on it now.”

There were commendations and £10 vouchers for Ronnie Mendoza and Frank Moore, both from Charvil, Karen Lloyd, Tessa Baird and Jacquie Cole, from Wargrave, and Brigitte Smith, from Crazies Hill. The competition was run by the Hare Hatch Sheeplands garden centre and Twyford in Bloom.

Rob Scott, who owns the garden centre, and his plant area manager Maria Witowska were the judges.

Mr Scott said: “This is the first year we have organised this competition and the moment we arrived at the first garden we realised it was going to be a serious contest. It was an extremely difficult task to choose a winner but it was also one of the most enjoyable days I have had.

“If circumstances here at Sheeplands allow us to then we will stage the competition again next year and maybe even extend it to include back gardens as well.”



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