It’s that time of year when we welcome back the Erewash in Bloom awards and, yet again, entrants have truly outdone themselves! Local residents, schools and businesses have all been honoured in an outstanding year of horticultural glory.

The annual competition to discover the borough’s green-fingered gurus is one of the highlights in Erewash Borough Council’s event calendar. The 2021 results were announced at a presentation event at Morley Hayes Golf Club today, Friday 1 October, which saw awards being handed out by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Donna Briggs accompanied by the Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart.

This year’s popular competition attracted nearly 90 entries from people of all ages and from all corners of the borough as well as from community organisations and businesses.

Bloom is the flagship project of the council’s Pride in Erewash Campaign and features a whole range of categories, from best front and back gardens, best hanging baskets through to best school garden and best business display.

The Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart said:

“It was a great privilege to be able to congratulate our Bloom champions for 2021 and marvel at their gardening skills and wonderful displays. So many people took to their gardens during the lockdowns and it has really paid off with stunning entries, which made for a very difficult job for the judges. A huge well done to all the winners and all those who took part. You all helped the borough look incredible this summer, and helped to put the pride in Erewash.”

Winners

Best Front Garden

1st (joint) Gloria Jackson, Boatmans Close, Ilkeston

1st (joint) Tony Hickinbotham, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston

2nd Samuel Morris, Arella Fields Close, Stanley Common

3rd (joint) Janet Costal, Hayeswood Close, Stanley Common

3rd (joint) David Mayo, Newbery Avenue, Long Eaton

The Judges’ Special Award - Mr Leslie Haines, Stevens Lane, Breaston

Best Rear Garden (medium to large)

1st (joint) Fay Blackburn, Quorndon Crescent, Long Eaton

1st (joint) Tony Hickinbotham, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston

2nd (joint) Mr Leslie Haines, Stevens Lane, Breaston

2nd (joint) Jill and Mark Prentice, Harrington Street, Long Eaton

3rd (joint) Joan Pochin, St Wilfrids Road, West Hallam

3rd (joint) Jason Motley, Honingham Road, Ilkeston

3rd (joint) Mr Ernie and Ave ril Carver, Plant Lane, Sawley

Best Rear Garden (Small)

1st (joint) Janet Costal, Hayeswood Close, Stanley Common

1st (joint) Sylvia Plumpin, Cloudside Road, Sandiacre

2nd (joint) Jean Whitwell, Pimlico, Ilkeston

2nd (joint) David Mayo,Newbery Avenue, Long Eaton

3rd (joint) Valerie Davies, Croft End, Little Eaton

3rd (joint) Stephen Wildgust, Station Road, Ilkeston

Best Wildlife/Environmental Garden

1st Jill and Mark Prentice, Harrington Street, Long Eaton

2nd Nigel Downes, Wharncliffe Road

3rd (joint) Miranda Whitehouse, Tudor Court, Draycott

3rd (joint) Sylvia Plumpin, Cloudside Rad, Sandiacre

Best Hanging Baskets and Planters

1st (joint) Gloria Jackson, Boatmans Close, Ilkeston

1st (joint) Tony Hickinbotham, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston

2nd (joint) David Mayo, Newbery Avenue, Long Eaton

2nd (joint) Stephen Ogle, Douglas Road, Long Eaton        

3rd (joint) Jean Whitwell, Pimlico, Ilkeston

3rd (joint) Gili Camina, Ockbrook Nook, Borrowash                    

Best Street, Community Area or Friends Group

 1st (joint) Borrowash in Bloom

1st (joint) Norfolk Road Long Eaton Community Garden 

2nd (joint) Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard

2nd (joint) Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre

3rd (joint) Parkside High CIC

3rd (joint) Mencap

3rd (joint) Helping Hooves Derbyshire CIC

Best School Garden

1st (joint) Chaucer Junior School

1st (joint) Dallimore Primary and Nursery School

2nd Ashbrook Preschool

3rd AVESC Bennerley Site                   

Best Allotment Site

1st (joint) Peter Ball, Shacklecross allotment site

1st (joint) Peter Ball, Elm Street allotment site

Pubs Restaurants and Hotels

1st Morley Hayes, Morley

2nd Queens Head, Ockbrook                -        

Business, Commercial and Places of Worship

1st (joint) Brooklands Court, Long Eaton

1st (joint) Treetops Hospice, Risley

2nd Derby College, Ilkeston Campus

3rd (joint) All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam

3rd (joint) The Park Medical Practice, Borrowash