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Frome in Bloom winners!

FROME in Bloom’s annual presentation evening was held last weekend, and organisers celebrated another year of high calibre entries.

Entrants from across the town saw trophies won in 27 categories, recognising the efforts of local residents, businesses and schools.

Frome in Bloom committee member Valerie Norvall said, “The quality of the entries this year was exceptional in all the classes. Special mention should be made of Selwood Academy garden and The George Hotel basket display in Frome Market Place, both were superb as were many more.

“The presentations are always a well attended event, and this year was no exception, and many people went away delighted with their trophies and certificates. The competition started over 35 years ago with about five trophies to be won which has now expanded to 28!

“The categories cover just about  every aspect of gardening and growing imaginable, from children’s gardens and sunflowers  to hanging baskets, allotments, shop windows, business premises, private gardens and many others. We hope that entries will come in thick and fast again next year when the competition is launched in May.”

The category winners were announced as follows: • Best Play Group / Pre School: Rainbow Nursery • Best Sunflower: Rainbow Baby Toddlers • Young Gardener: Hayesdown First School Gardening Club • Best School/College: Selwood Academy • Best Hotel/Guest House: The George Hotel • Best Pub, Cafe or Restaurant: Richard Findlay, The Old Bath Arms

Best Large Business: Friends of Frome Station • Best Small Business: Kathverena Academy of Animal Holistic Therapies • Best Hospital, Community or Retirement Home: Hanover Gardens • Best Private House Frontage: Barry Robson • Best Small Front Garden: Mr D.F. O’Sullivan • Best Large Front Garden: Muriel Hanney • Best Front Garden for all seasons: Mr I. Ives • Best Large Hidden Garden: Jane Wilson

Best hanging basket display visible from the road: Pat Doel • Best Shop Window Display: Herbs on the Hill • Best Whole Garden inc. vegetables: Terry Joyce • Best Allotment: Julie Wilson • Best Floral Achievement by a Disabled Person: Mrs. C Foster • Best Natural or Wildlife Garden: Colin Jones • Best Community Garden: the Mount Community Garden • Best Family Garden: Sarah Kelly • Previous non-winner: Mr and Mrs A. Hirst • Best Business Area: St. Catherine’s area • Outstanding Community Effort: Phoenix House and Court.