Green-fingered villagers from Ore were presented with awards at the annual Ore in Bloom prize-giving ceremony at the weekend.
Judges had the near-impossible task of choosing the best entries for a number of categories, as standards were so high.
Prizes were awarded in seven categories, resulting in the prize for the Best Balcony or Windowsill display being awarded to Patricia Chappell of Old London Road.
Best Business prize went to Sue Clarke at Middle Road’s Old King John pub and the Best Container or Hanging Basket prize was won by Sharon Beaumont, also of Old London Road.
Best Front Garden was judged to be that of Mr and Mrs Blomfield of Old London Road, the Best New Entry being achieved by Ellie Dock of Victoria Avenue. Wildlife Friendly Gardener of the Year was Penny Haden, of The Ridge, and Oldie Gardener of the Year was Paul Power, from Rye Road.
For every class there was also a Highly Commended runner-up, including Mepham Butchers of Winchelsea Road, Joan and Roger Orr of Frederick Road, Mr and Mrs Blomfield of Old London Road, David Quigley of Saxon Road, Angeline Quinell of Victoria Avenue, with Paul Power gaining a second commendation for his Wildlife Friendly Garden.
Ore in Bloom covers a wide area from the edge of St Helen’s Woods across to the entire Ore ward to the east, covering also all of Baird and Tressell wards.
The charity is the brainchild of Sarah Kowitz, of Fairlight Hall. Mayor Bruce Dowling presented the prizes and said he impressed with the colourful displays.
The event was co-ordinated by Erica Barrett and the committee with refreshments provided by Ore in Bloom.