This year’s ‘Havering in Bloom’ competition has seen residents once again showing off their creative talents to help make the borough bright and colourful.
The annual competition offers the chance for residents across Havering to enter into six different categories, where they can display a front garden full of well-kept blooms to being the owner of the tallest sunflower.
The winners and runners-up were invited to receive their certificates and vouchers from the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton, at the Town Hall.
The winner of each categories are:
Best communal garden: Susan Cotterrill and Bernard Murphy, Hornchurch
Best allotment site: Amy Towe, Romford
Best allotment plot: Christina Bridgen, Romford
Best front garden: Gemma Towe, Romford
Best back garden: Gemma Towe, Romford, Leonard Watkinson, Hornchurch
Tallest sunflower: Angela Bathurst, Hornchurch
Mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton, said:
‘It is a wonderful achievement by all who took part and I want to congratulate everyone.
‘This competition takes place every year but we are more impressed each time at the creativity and dedication that is put in.
‘It is a fantastic reflection of just how much our residents enjoy their communities and want to help us make them look beautiful and bright.‘
The prizes were sponsored by Paul Bartholomew of Grangewood Plastics, Romford and guest judge this year was Barry Farleigh, a local resident who has been actively involved in Havering in Bloom for many years.
The competition follows on the back of the success Havering has enjoyed in the London in Bloom competition recently, where the borough picked up 16 Gold awards, six Silver Gilt and one Silver award plus a host of special awards for parks, town centres and cemeteries.
Runners-up awards for Havering in Bloom:
Best communal garden: Peter Cox, Hornchurch, Clare Kelly, Hornchurch
Best front garden: Parminder Singh, Hornchurch, Marie Wilkinson, Romford [runners-up]
Best back garden: Peter Nutley, Romford [runner-up]
Tallest sunflower: Vanessa Revill, Hornchurch [2nd place], Kerry Klintworth