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 Elect of Retford Rotary Club, Eddie McGarvey. The Rotary Club of Retford — Percy Laws Memorial Fund 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, Rotarian 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.”
Derek also thanked Icon Aerospace Technology, Traffic Labour Supplies Ltd (TSL) and the Retford Business Forum for their support of the Retford Hanging Basket Scheme.
The winners of this year’s Retford in Bloom were:
Best Front Garden
- East Ward
Large Garden — 9 Welham Road
Small Garden — 155 Moorgate.
- West Ward
Large Garden — 2A Ordsall Park Road
Small Garden — 9 West Park Place.
- North Ward
Large Garden — 1 Redforde Park Road
Small Garden — 4 Clifton Way.
- South Ward
Large Garden — 33 High Street, Ordsall
Small Garden — 26 The Oval, Ordsall
Awards of Excellence
Awards of excellence were presented to 17 Cornwall Road and Rectory Barn, Rectory Road for consistent high standards of floral display over a number of years.
- Best Garden to Encourage Wildlife
41 High Street, Ordsall
- Shield for the Best Public House Display
- Best Floral Shop and Business Front
- Best Primary School/Play Group Project — Potato Growing
St Joseph’s R C Primary School
The Maggie Battersby Shield was presented to Carr Hill Primary School 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 potato growing project.
The Most Improved School Garden Award
St Swithun’s C of E Primary School
The 2017 Community Awards were presented to:
- The staff at Boots for keeping the car park behind the store litter free.
- The Rotary Club of Retford for planting crocus bulbs throughout the district in support of the End Polio Now Campaign.
- Taste Bistro for developing a boxed garden adjacent to the bistro.
Certificates of Appreciation
Certificates of appreciation were presented to:
- Acer Landscapes for restoring and maintaining the Ordsall Roundabout over a number of years.
- The Retford Times for their continued support of Retford in Bloom.