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Farington pair scoop two awards as South Ribble in Bloom winners announced

Posted on - 18th September, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Competitions, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Preston News, Ribbleton
South Ribble in Bloom Winner - Best Container - Barbara Gardner and May Spiby
South Ribble in Bloom Winner – Best Container – Barbara Gardner and May Spiby

A couple of gardening enthusiasts from Farington have been crowned double winners following the council’s South Ribble in Bloom horticulture competition.

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Barbara Gardner and May Spiby, a pair of neighbouring residents from Farington, have earned the titles of ‘Best Community Garden’ and ‘Best Container’ for their joint submissions, showcasing flower beds, hanging baskets and colourful combinations.

The annual residents’ gardening competition was this year moved to a digital format because of Covid-19.

It attracted more than 100 entries spread out over four different categories, with participants submitting four photos per entry.

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Mrs Gardner and Mrs Spiby impressed the panel of judges with ‘a garden that adds infinite colour and cheer to the local area and demonstrates a great deal of attention, care and creativity’.

South Ribble in Bloom Winner - Best Community Space - Barbara Gardner and May Spiby
South Ribble in Bloom Winner – Best Community Space – Barbara Gardner and May Spiby

The judges scrutinised all the entries remotely and separately to ensure compliance with Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Elsewhere in the competition, Geoff Wilkinson from Penwortham took home the First Prize in the ‘Front Garden’ category; whilst in the ‘Business’ category, the winners were N & K Harvey Funerals Ltd based in Leyland.

South Ribble in Bloom Winner - Best Front Garden - Geoff Wilkinson
South Ribble in Bloom Winner – Best Front Garden – Geoff Wilkinson

Councillor Aniela Bylinski Gelder, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Social Justice and Wealth Building at South Ribble Borough Council, said: “In spite of everything we have gone through this year, South Ribble in Bloom 2020 has been a great success.

“We adapted the competition to make it Covid-secure and the people of South Ribble responded fantastically.

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“I want to say a huge congratulations to all the winners and the runners-up too who have not only caught the eyes of the judges – your amazing gardens have caught the eyes of the whole community!

“This competition isn’t so much about winning prizes; it’s about taking pride in the appearance of your local area and making South Ribble a truly wonderful place to live – with colour and vibrancy in our green spaces.

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“Thank you to the council officers who worked hard to create the new competition format this year, continuing the legacy of South Ribble in Bloom which is a really important and much-loved part of the council calendar.”

South Ribble in Bloom Winner - Best Business - N & K Harvey Funerals
South Ribble in Bloom Winner – Best Business – N & K Harvey Funerals

The competition attracted entries from all areas of the borough, such as Leyland, Farington, Samlesbury, Longton, Penwortham, Moss Side, Lostock Hall, and Bamber Bridge.

South Ribble in Bloom runs as an annual competition, but the different areas do lots of proactive work in the community all year round, working on projects to spruce up gardens and public spaces right across the borough.

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