Salisbury City Council celebrated winners of this year’s Allotment, Scarecrow and Gardens competitions at an awards ceremony in The Guildhall on Wednesday 20 September. The evening was introduced by Parks Manager David Bradley and the awards were presented by The Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Cllr Mr John Lindley.
This year volunteers were recognised for their contribution to the city. Certificates were given to The Friends of Middle Street Meadow, The Friends of Harnham Slope, The Richmond Fellowship, The Friends of Victoria Park, Macklin Road Residents Association, Avon Valley Volunteers and Lime Kiln Way Volunteers. John Drewett was awarded Volunteer of the Year for all his hard work towards the upkeep of Macklin Road Play Area.
First Prize in the colourful Scarecrow Competition went to Robert Stokes and Bricket’s Almshouses who had created a lifelike version of one of their residents.
The City Garden Competition was judged by City Council Parks Officer, Polly Mason and Bob Skutt who recently retired after over forty years as Deputy Groundsman for the Council. A huge variety of gardens were seen from small back gardens to hotel grounds.
Gold Gilt Award: Braemar Lodge
Gold Awards: Mrs Mary Reardon; Kathy and Keith Lawrence; Mr John Reardon; Robert Stokes and Bricket’s Almshouses Community Gardens
Silver Gilt Awards: Hussey’s Almshouses, St. Edmunds Gate Garden; Grasmere House Hotel
Silver Awards: Bemerton Lodge; The Old Ale House; Sadie Robertson; The Old House Bed and Breakfast
Bronze Awards: Mrs M K Drake; The George & Dragon
The Allotment Competition saw two new categories this year, with the wardens at each site nominating a Best Newcomer and a Best Achievement award. The Mayor also presented certificates to first, second and third best plots at all the sites – culminating in the cup for the Best Overall Plot being awarded to Mr Terry White of The Butts.
For more information on the Friends Groups or becoming a Volunteer or Parks Champion please contact Mark Annetts, Parks Officer – or if you are interested in having an allotment contact Debbie Cox, Allotments Officer, Salisbury City Council. Telephone 01722 342860.