Top plots and gardens honoured at King’s Lynn awards ceremony

Front Garden and allotment award presentation. King's Lynn Town hall. Pictured with the King's LynnTown Mayor  Colin Manning are all the winners. ANL-150917-215544009
Front Garden and allotment award presentation. King's Lynn Town hall. Pictured with the King's LynnTown Mayor Colin Manning are all the winners. ANL-150917-215544009
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The best of West Norfolk’s allotments and gardens were recognised during a ceremony at Lynn’s town hall on Thursday evening.

More than 30 entries were submitted for the annual competition organised by West Norfolk Council.

And borough mayor Colin Manning said he was “delighted” to present the prizes to the winners.

He added: “The time and effort that goes into looking after an allotment effectively should not be underestimated and I congratulate everyone for their achievements.

“I would also like to thank everyone involved in the front garden and window box competition. Your efforts really help to make King’s Lynn a more pleasant place to be.”

Entries in the allotment categories were judged by a panel made up of councillors Elizabeth Nockolds, Chris Crofts, Patrick Rochford and Marcus Hopkins, alongside Paul Robson, the authority’s grounds team leader.

Meanwhile, participants’ entrants in the front gardens and window box categories were examined by Eddie Barber and John Germeney, of the King’s Lynn Horticultural Society, with council operations manager Sarah Moore. Window boxes were provided by West Norfolk Mind.

And Mr Manning admitted; “I’m somewhat glad I wasn’t involved in the judging as I understand from my colleagues that picking a winner wasn’t an easy job.”

Winners in the allotment categories were as follows:

Best newcomer, up to one year’s experience: 1 Allen Norris, 2 Martin Reynolds, 3 Herbie Knights; Best novice, up to two years’ experience: 1 Jane Watson, 2 Vilma Jurskyte, 3 Lucy Golding; Best group site: 1 King’s Lynn Community Allotment. 2 West Norfolk Mind, 3 Churchill Park. Best self-managed association site: 1 Drake’s Field, 2 Old Gala Ground, 3 Winfarthing Avenue, 4 Sharpin’s Field. Best kept allotment: 1 Jane Watson, 2 Saville Ridley, 3 Terry Setchell.

Front garden competition: 1 Mr and Mrs Briggs, 2 Phyllis Freeland, 3 Rev Anthony Couchman & Dr Julian Litten.

Window box competition: 1 Mr L A Greff, 2 Mr Mansfield.