The Gardeners of Ashington turned out in good numbers to hear the winners of the Ashington Garden Competition 2019, announced at an Awards Evening on Monday (9 September).

This year is the 10th garden competition organised by Ashington Town Council. The judging panel included Town Councillors Marjorie Chambers and Avril Chisholm who were joined by guest expert judges Bob Bell, Ashington’s world champion gardener as well as Richard Timson and Chris Lang who are previous winners of the competition.  All the judges came along to the Awards Evening to thank everyone who took part.  

The Town Council was again delighted that the competition was supported by the Wansbeck Garden Centre & Cafe, based on North Seaton Industrial Estate in Ashington.

The evening took place at Ashington Cricket Club where the Civic Head of Ashington, Cllr. Lawrence Henderson, presented the winners in each category with their trophies and garden vouchers.

The overall winner of the 2019 competition was Mrs Lynn Scott who also won the category for 'Best Large Garden'.  The judges were impressed not only by the design but also the mix of plants and vibrant colours within the garden.  

The other winners were Thomas Shepherd for 'Best Small Garden’, James & Lilly Graham for 'Best Senior Citizens Garden', John & Viv Gibson for 'Best Disabled Person’s Garden', Chris Kennedy for 'Best Allotment' and a Special Award was made to Wanless Fenwick for the 'Best Hanging Baskets'.

Last of the main categories was for 'Best Commercial Property'. Entries in previous competitions have included public houses, residential care homes and schools.  The winner this year was the Bishops NCEA Josephine Butler Campus with the judges recognising the time the schoolchildren give in both developing and maintaining the garden within the school.  Children from the school also came along to collect their prize.  

Councillor Mark Purvis, Business Chair of Ashington Town Council, said 'The Town Council is delighted that year after year, many of the town’s gardeners take part in the annual Gardens Competition which this year celebrated its 10th Anniversary.  The Awards Evening recognises the gardening skills we have in Ashington and that gardeners make a significant contribution to improving the town’s appearance and environment for the benefit of all residents'.

The Town Council would like to thank everyone for taking part as well as thanking the guest judges and the support of Wansbeck Garden Centre and Cafe. We are aware that there are many more beautiful gardens and allotments in the town and we actively encourage those gardeners to enter the competition in 2020. Keep an eye on the Ashington Town Council website, in the Spring, for information on next year’s competition.

In the photograph is Ashington Civic Head, Cllr. Lawrence Henderson, and the winners of the Ashington Garden Competition 2019.

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