On Thursday 10 August, Chelmsford City Council hosted an awards evening at Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park for the winners and runner-ups of the Blooming Beautiful Chelmsford Competition and the nominated Chelmsford Champions.
Part of the #LoveYourChelmsford campaign to keep our streets looking and feeling welcoming, the Blooming Beautiful Chelmsford competition seeks out the most colourful, sustainable and beautiful front gardens in the city.
Prizes of gift vouchers and some plants, provided by sponsors Abercorn Plant and Garden Centre were presented by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence. There were three categories for participants to enter this year: ‘Best Kept Front Garden’, ‘Best Planter in Chelmsford’ and ‘Most Sustainable Front Garden’.
Jill Taylor, St Margaret’s Road, Chelmsford won the Best Kept Garden category with a beautiful array of pansies, magnolias and hydrangeas.
Second place went to Mick Lilley in Finchley Avenue, Chelmsford and third place to Christel James, West Belvedere, Chelmsford.
The winner of Most Sustainable Front Garden was Betty Stevens, Woodham Ferrers. Betty's garden contains a variety of hedges and well matured trees and needs little maintenance. Second place went to Judith Loman, Carruthers Drive and third place to Rachael Bailey-Gibson, Fraser Close.
The winner of the Best Planter category was Malcolm Roe from Plane Tree Close. Malcolm’s front garden contains double trailing petunia topped with bush Lobelia, trailing Pelagonium and Geraniums.
Second place went to Richard Lockwood and Joan Pilgrim from Travistock Road, Springfield and third place went to Monica, Wilshire Avenue, Chelmsford.
During the evening, the Council also thanked the city’s Community Champions and presented them with a certificate. These are people nominated by their local communities for doing something special to help their local environment. Each Community Champion received a certificate and a summer plant to take home. The Chelmsford Champions announced were: Lauretta Fox and her two boys Oliver and Harry Fox, Sarah Dickie, Colin Hill, 2nd Chelmsford Scouts' Lyons Cub Pack, Peter Thurgood, Linda Wright, Claire Harbridge, Paul Bridgman and the Chelmsford Sea Cadets.
Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Love Your Chelmsford, Councillor Malcolm Sismey, said "Everyone competing in the Blooming Beautiful Chelmsford Competition has helped to improve the appearance of their local area and to help make Chelmsford a better place to live. Our Chelmsford Champions awards are a thank you to a number of people who have helped keep Chelmsford's parks, rivers, roads and streets a tidier place and have contributed to building community spirit and pride in their City."
As well as the Blooming Beautiful Chelmsford competition, the Love Your Chelmsford team also run a bounty of events, schemes and volunteering opportunities for residents to help Chelmsford's environment stay beautiful. Find out more at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/lyc or follow @LoveYourChelmsford on Facebook.
Friday 17 August 2018