Green-fingered successes were honoured with a presentation of awards for the best entries in the Retford in Bloom competition. The annual contest captured the imagination and gardening skills of businesses, residents and school children. A ceremony was held in the ballroom at Retford Town Hall, with the awards being presented on behalf of the Civic Society by the President of Retford Rotary Club, Eddie McGarvey. The Rotary Club of Retford — Percy Laws Memorial Fund having sponsored this year’s event.
This year certificates were awarded in four main categories — residential, shop and business fronts, public houses and schools, together with special community awards. Chairman of the Civic Society, Derek Turner said: “Thanks are due to all gardeners in Retford — not just the winners — for helping to make our town such a pleasant place in which to live.”
He also thanked Icon Aerospace Technology, Traffic Labour Supplies Ltd (TLS) and the Retford Business Forum for their support of the Retford Hanging Basket Scheme over a number of years and Certificates of Appreciation were presented.
The winners of this year’s Retford in Bloom were:
Best Front Garden
- East Ward
Large Garden — 1 St Helens Drive.
Small Garden — 155 Moorgate.
- West Ward
Large Garden — 2A Ordsall Park Road
Small Garden — 13 West Park Place.
- North Ward
Large Garden — 7 Earles Court
Small Garden — 118 Camborne Crescent.
- South Ward
Large Garden — 33 High Street, Ordsall
Small Garden — 27 Briar Lee, Ordsall.
Shield for the Best Public House Display
- Joint Winners — The Ship Inn and Whitehouses Inn
Best Floral Shop and Business Front
- First Place — Kings Furnishing and Coffee Shop
Best Pre-school Group Project – Potato Growing
- First Place — West Street Play Group
Best Primary School Project – Potato Growing
- Joint Winners — Carr Hill Primary School and St Joseph’s RC Primary School
The Maggie Battersby Shield was presented to Thrumpton Primary Academy to acknowledge the continuing development of the school garden and growing projects throughout the school. This year every class in school participated in a school-based planting and growing project.
The Most Improved School Garden Award
- Retford Oaks Academy
The 2018 Community Awards were presented to:
- Simon Grayston for the development of gardening at Carr Hill Primary School by the formation and running of a very active gardening club over many years.
- The Rotary Club of Retford for building an eco greenhouse at Tuxford Primary Academy and developing a new garden area at Carr Hill Primary School.
- Brian Shawcross in his capacity as official photographer of Retford Civic Society. Brian records the floral displays and events in Retford throughout the year.