Glorious gardens created by green-fingered Curo customers were celebrated at the 2015 Curo in Bloom Awards ceremony held in Bath earlier in September.
2015 was another fabulous year for Curo in Bloom, with entries from Curo customers in 17 different neighbourhoods and villages across Bristol, Bath, Keynsham, Radstock and Midsomer Norton.
Curo in Bloom is open to anyone who lives in one of Curo’s 13,000 homes and celebrates great gardens of every shape and size, from a window box or hanging basket to the largest gardens or community spaces.
This year’s winners included four-year-old Molly Coles (pictured with Curo Board member Rob Appleyard) of Kingsway in Bath who won the Tallest Sunflower competition, and Margaret Charles whose wildlife-friendly garden in Larkhall came first in the Sustainable Garden category.
Margaret Charles (pictured with Chairman of Bath in Bloom Barry Cruse), who also picked up the Best Newcomer Award, said: “I was delighted to win the Curo in Bloom Sustainable Garden category on my first attempt. Making an open plan area of grass into a magical haven for wildlife, and achieving a natural woodland effect within a small space, became an exciting challenge.”
Claire Abrahams, Curo Resident Involvement Advisor, said: “Curo in Bloom not only benefits those directly involved in the competition, but the local community as a whole. We’ve welcomed many new entrants this year who’ve been encouraged by their neighbours’ gardens and we hope to continue this as the competition grows. The positive effects of a beautiful and loved neighbourhood can be profound.”
Over 75 guests attended the Curo in Bloom awards ceremony in Bath to celebrate the achievements of all who took part. At the event guests enjoyed a photographic exhibition of the winning gardens while getting to know like-minded residents and sharing gardening tips and inspiration.
Category A – Window Boxes/Balcony display/hanging basket
- 1st Mr Winsley, Bishop Sutton
- 2nd Ms Morgan, Brislington
- 3rd Mr Phillip Manning, Keynsham
Category B – Small Garden under 500sq ft
- 1st Mr Elms, Bishop Sutton
- 2nd Mrs Fear, Odd Down
- 3rd Mrs Davis East Twerton
Category C – Large Garden over 500sq ft
- 1st Ms Hawkins, Radstock
- 2nd Mrs Clark, Twerton
- 3rd Mrs Nuell, Shoscombe
Category D – Community Garden
- Runner up – Newbridge Court Community Garden
- Winner – Chandler Close Community Garden
Category E – Sustainable Garden
- Winner – Mrs Charles, Larkhall
Category F – Tallest Sunflower (Under 12s)
- Winner Ms Coles, Kingsway
- Runner - Up Miss Berri, Radstock
- Runner - Up Master Massey, Radstock
- Runner - Up Miss Diagne, Snow Hill
- Mr Adams, Bathampton
- Mr & Mrs Lewis, Farmborough
- Mrs Richardson, Weston
Overall Best Newcomer
- Mrs Charles, Larkhall