Curo has revealed the winners of the 2012 Curo in Bloom competition, which celebrates the best gardens, displays and window boxes created by people living in Curo’s homes across the South West.
Winners include Adrian and Pat Ayliffe (pictured), a couple from Saltford who have previously enjoyed success in the Bath in Bloom competition, and win this year’s Best Small Garden trophy.
“We’ve entered Bath in Bloom in the past, coming second and then winning the competition," said Adrian Ayliffe. "Since then we moved to our bungalow in Saltford and have built the garden up from scratch. Being a Curo home, we thought we’d try our luck with the Curo in Bloom competition. Last year we came second so we’re really pleased to have won this year. Our garden is a real joint effort and it’s a lot of work, but we both love it.”
Curo in Bloom offers prizes in numerous categories for gardens of every size as well as a popular window box, hanging basket or balcony category for homes without gardens. The only essential requirement is that the garden or display can be seen by the public.
Vanessa Collier, Community Investment Manager at Curo, said: “Every year we’re amazed by the fantastic quality of entries we receive. This year is no exception, with a record number of entries. Curo in Bloom shows how much Curo residents care about not only their homes and gardens but also about brightening up their neighbourhoods. Well done to everyone who entered and especially to our winners and runners-up.”
We have run our In Bloom competition since 2006 under the old name of Somer in Bloom. This is the first time that the competition has been extended to residents across all of Curo’s homes.
Curo in Bloom entries open in spring with judging, by a panel of Curo residents and colleagues, taking place in August. Categories include Community Garden, Large Garden, Small Garden, Basket/Box/Balcony, a Sustainability prize and a Judges’ Special Award, won this year by Stephen Hathway of Sherwood Road, Keynsham.
Congratulations to all our winners and runners-up:
- Winner - Chandler Close Community, Weston, Bath
- Runner-up – Dunster Community, Foxhill, Bath
- Winner - Angella Lewis, Tilley Close, Farmborough (photos available)
2nd prize – John Stenner, Hillside Crescent, Midsomer Norton
3rd prize – Ann Teek, Goldney Close, Temple Cloud
- Winner – Adrian & Pat Ayliffe, Iford Close, Saltford
- 2nd prize – Vera Hawkins, Pine Court, Radstock
- 3rd prize – Virginia Amblin, St Georges Rd, Keynsham
- Winner – Tracey Ford, Tamworth Rd, Keynsham
- 2nd prize – Barbara Wall, Hawthorns Lane, Keynsham
- 3rd prize – Shirley Jolliffe, Edinburgh Rd, Keynsham
Judges Special Award
- Stephen Hathway, Sherwood Rd, Keynsham
Sustainability Forum Award- Best allotment
- 1st Prize - David Hall, Fosse Green, Clandown, Radstock
- 2nd Prize - Bruce Talbot, Redland Park, Twerton, Bath