Salisbury gardeners receive awards

on Thursday, 02 October 2014.

Salisbury gardeners were recognised on 17 September at Salisbury City Council’s annual awards ceremony for its Allotment, Gardens and Scarecrow competitions.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor Mrs Jo Broom, was delighted to present certificates to winners of all the competitions starting with the Scarecrow competition which she herself judged. The winning scarecrow was entered by Robert and Matthew Short and was praised for its inventive design that even included bird feeders for legs!

The standards in the Gardens competition were higher than ever this year - and Judges Jane Brine of Dairy House Plants, Gardening Expert Diane Poynting and the Council’s Parks Assistant Polly Mason were delighted to visit a wide range of gardens from hotels to small back yards. Of particular note were the Bronze awards given to Focus Point on Stratford Road and The New Inn’s Silver Gilt. Gold awards were presented this year to: Jean Waller and Patricia & Peter Wright in the private gardens category; Braemar Lodge and the Grasmere House Hotel. The judges gave particular mention to all those gardeners who help to brighten up residential flats with hanging baskets and colourful planting – for all to enjoy.

First, second and third prizes were also awarded across all allotment sites. The overall winner for best allotment went to Mr Keith Lawrence of Cow Lane Allotments.

A full list of all the winners is available on