Warwick in Bloom

Warwick in Bloom 2019

This year’s Warwick In Bloom results are in and it’s a record year for entrants and a record year for medal winners, including 33 Gold Medals awarded across the town. Simon Richardson, a Green Flag Awards judge with over 20 years’ horticultural experience, spent Friday the 7th July on a tour of Warwick, judging both residential and business entrants in addition to streets competing for the coveted Community Street award.

This year’s overall winner is All Saints Junior School, with recognition being paid to its excellent planting variety and the enthusiasm of the teaching staff to encourage horticulture knowledge and experience for their students.

Other notable Gold Medal category winners included St Nicholas Church Street in the Community Streets category, The Hollyway in the Shops category, Forever Living in the Commercial Premises Baskets, The Old FourPenny Shop Hotel in Guest Houses & Pubs, Stephanie Burdett in Sheltered & Retirement Accommodation, Priory Walk in Community Gardens, and Mrs & Mrs Swaby for best small domestic gardens.

“It is amazing how much every participant has upped their game for 2019 as evidenced by the record number of Gold Medals awarded,” said Cllr Richard Eddy, chair of Community & Culture at Warwick Town Council, “The competition has never been so well supported by both residents and local businesses, while also being so tough to judge, as it was this year. The standard of entrants’ planting has evolved in leaps and bounds, with the winners just nudging it a point or two above other entrants in their categories.”

“Warwick in Bloom adds to the green corridor we aspire to create through the town each summer, and it is especially heartening to see communities and retirement groups come together to support an initiative that also gives back in terms of wellbeing and outdoor activity. In addition, it provides commercial premises with a reason to look their best for both us, as residents, and visitors to the town who repeatedly compliment me on how vibrant the town looks thanks to the multitude of planted displays. To have 32 gold medal winners, judged to an official standard, should make everyone very proud.”

This year’s medal winners are:

Category 1: SHOPS
GOLD Winner: The Holloway Shops
GOLD: Torry’s Hardware & DIY

Category 2: COMMERCIAL PREMISES (baskets and boxes)
GOLD Winner: Forever Living
GOLD: The Court House
GOLD: Alderson House

Category 2a: COMMERCIAL PREMISES (Gardens)
GOLD Winner: Alderson House
GOLD: Warwick Racecourse

Category 3: HOTEL, PUBLIC HOUSES, GUEST HOUSES, B&B AND RESTAURANTS
GOLD Winner: The Old FourPenny Shop Hotel
GOLD: The New Bowling Green pub
GOLD: Wetherspoons
GOLD: Park Cottage
SILVER GILT: The Rose & Crown

Category 4: DOMESTIC LARGE GARDEN
GOLD Winner: Anthony Griffin
GOLD: Linda Edwards

Class 5: DOMESTIC SMALL GARDEN (front)
GOLD Winner: Mr & Mrs Swaby
GOLD: Hilary Mayman
SILVER GILT: Mr & Mrs Funiss
SILVER GILT: Michael Kinson
SILVER GILT: Steve & Sally-Ann Downes
SILVER GILT: Angela Green
SILVER GILT: Mark Cox

Class 5a: DOMESTIC SMALL GARDEN (back)
GOLD Winner: Mr & Mrs Swaby
GOLD: Paula Fletcher
GOLD: Noel & Linda Butler
GOLD: Jackie Harvey
GOLD: Angela Green
GOLD: Mrs C Maclaclan

Class 6: DOMESTIC WINDOW BOX, HANGING BASKET
GOLD Winner: Kathy Spackman
SILVER GILT: Mr & Mrs Furniss

Class 7: SHELTERED/RETIREMENT ACCOMMODATION (Individuals)
GOLD Winner: Stephanie Burdett

Class 8: COMMUNITY GARDENS (groups)
GOLD Winner: Priory Walk
GOLD: Rohan Gardens

Class 9: SCHOOL ACTIVITY OR GARDEN
GOLD Winner: All Saints Junior School
GOLD: Emscote Infants School
GOLD: Westgate Preschool
GOLD: Westgate Primary School

Class 10: PUBLIC ACCESS GARDENS
GOLD Winner: Hill Close Gardens
GOLD: The Mill Garden

Class 11: COMMUNITY STREETS
GOLD Winner: St Nicholas Church Street
GOLD: Albert Street
GOLD: Woodcote Road
SILVER GILT: West Street

The Warwick In Bloom Awards evening will be held on 5th September at 7.00pm at The Ballroom, in The Court House, Jury Street, Warwick.