Warwick in Bloom

Warwick in Bloom 2021’s Medal Category Winners Revealed! 

The 12 category and 53 medal winners of this year’s Warwick in Bloom competition have been announced.

Organised by Warwick Town Council, this year’s competition saw the return of the competition’s full range of competitive categories open for entry from anyone or any business with a CV34 postcode. The competition attracted both returning and new entrants and saw a record 52 medals awarded, including 29 gold medals, to residents and communities across Warwick.

In judging the competition, the Warwick in Bloom team was re-joined by Simon Lycett, the Warwick-born internationally recognised floral stylist and florist to the Royal Households, as this year’s head judge.

Simon and the In Bloom team named the category and medal winners as:

Retailers & Shops

  • Category winner: Torry’s Hardware, West St (Gold)
  • The Holloway Shops: Rigsby’s & Sue’s (Silver Gilt)

Commercial Premises – Baskets & Window Boxes

  • Category winner: Park Cottage B&B, West St (Gold)
  • Alderson House (Gold)

 Commercial Premises Gardens

  • Category winner: Warwick Boat Club, Mill St (Gold)
  • Alderson House (Gold)

 Hotel, public houses, guest houses, B&Bs and restaurants

  • Category winner: Park Cottage B&B, West St (Gold)
  • The Old Fourpenny Shop Hotel (Gold)
  • The Old Post Office (Gold)
  • The Rose & Crown (Silver Gilt)

 Large Gardens

  • Category winner: David Howells, Archery Fields (Gold)
  • Roy Glassborow (Gold)
  • Sue Grinnell (Silver Gilt)
  • Anthony Griffin (Silver Gilt)
  • Gail & Ray Warrington (Silver Gilt)

Domestic small garden (front)

  • Category winner: Jennifer Stephens, Charter Approach (Gold)
  • Sally-Jane Downes (Gold)
  • Mark Cox (Silver Gilt)
  • Maurice Hopcraft (Silver Gilt)
  • John Hunt (Silver Gilt)
  • Margaret Lawson (Silver Gilt)

Domestic small garden (back garden)

  • Category winner: Charles Jones, West St (Gold)
  • John Hunt (Gold)
  • Rebecca Bose-Blundell (Gold)
  • Charles Jones (Gold)
  • Robert Neale (Gold)
  • Simon & Linda Garwood (Silver Gilt)
  • Maggie Garton (Silver Gilt)
  • Colin Docker (Silver Guilt)
  • Carron Johns (Silver Gilt)
  • Joan Lingard (Silver Gilt)
  • Carol Furniss (Silver Gilt)
  • Sally-Jane Downes (Silver Gilt)
  • The Guild Cottages (Silver Gilt)
  • Julie Gold (Silver Gilt)

 Hanging Baskets & Window Boxes

  • Category winner: Denis Harts (Gold)
  • Katharine Spackman (Gold)
  • Gail & Ray Warrington (Gold)
  • Mark Robertson (Gold)
  • The Guild Cottages (Gold)
  • Tim Underwood (Silver Gilt)
  • John Hunt (Silver Gilt)
  • Joan Lingard (Silver Gilt)
  • Colin Docker (Silver Gilt)
  • Mary Hargreaves (Silver)

Sheltered/retirement accommodation (individuals)

  • Category winner: Stephanie Burdett, Friar St (Gold)

 Community Garden

  • Category winner: Chase Meadow Community Gardening Volunteers (Gold)
  • Rohan Gardens (Gold)
  • Priory Walk (Gold)
  • New Street Guerrilla Gardening (Silver Gilt)

 Public access gardens

  • Category winner: Hill Close Gardens (Gold)

 Community Street

  • Category winner: Albert Street in Bloom (Gold)
  • Woodcote Road (Gold)

 The Overall Winner of Warwick in Bloom 2021 will be revealed at the competition’s prize-giving evening on 28th September, which all category and medal winners are being invited to attend.

Head judge Simon Lycett said:

“After becoming involved in judging Warwick in Bloom last year, it was an honour and a pleasure to return to review this year’s competition – and the standard was INCREDIBLE! What the flower-loving folk of Warwick have achieved, after such a challenging summer of often wet and cold weather, is just a joyous testament to their dedication, talent, and sheer determination.

“There was a wonderfully high standard shown by every entry, and while a thoroughly enjoyable judging experience, it was also a difficult one in choosing the worthy winners. However, my sincere congratulations go to our category and medal winners.”

Cllr Richard Eddy, Chair of Community Culture at Warwick Town Council said:

“What a competition this year’s Warwick in Bloom has been – we’ve seen the most entries and the most medals won for years. Like Simon, we were all so impressed by everyone’s green-fingered planting as shown in their pictures and videos and it was also a delight to hear some of the stories and planting detail behind the entries.”