Bloomin' great success

By Chris Willmott Thursday 27 September 2012 Updated: 04/10 09:57

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THE green-fingered residents of Solihull have battled the elements to bring us their best gardens yet at this year’s Solihull in Bloom competition. After judging more than 60 entries from across the blossoming borough, contestants and residents alike were invited back to Notcutts last night to celebrate the final winner’s ceremony.

Not letting inches of rain dampen their spirits, this year’s entrants have wowed the judging panel, with everything from topiary to marigolds on display across the borough.

Competition was fierce as the judging panel travelled over 70 miles in their quest to brighten up the borough, scoring the most vibrant and colourful of front gardens and hanging baskets from the entries received from local residents, pubs, hotels, community groups and schools.

The official winners of the Solihull in Bloom 2012 competition are:

The Notcutts Front Garden Prize - Mr James, Bickenhill Park Road, Olton.

Best Pub/Hotel/Restaurant Frontage - The Railway, Dorridge.

The Notcutts Best Hanging Basket - Ann–Marie Robinson, Poplar Avenue, Chelmsley Wood.

The Notcutts Prize for Community Involvement - Hockley Heath Garden Club.

The Notcutts Past Winners Hanging Basket - Mr Douglas, Eaves Green Lane, Meriden

The Notcutts Past Winners Front Garden Prize - Douglas, Eaves Green Lane, Meriden

Champion of Champions for 2012 - Station House, Shirley

David Hitchman, Centre Manager at Notcutts in Solihull said: “We were thrilled to see entrants raise the bar once again this year with some truly stunning garden displays! Notcutts was very proud to welcome the community in crowning the winners last night and we celebrated everyone’s efforts in what was truly a wonderful year for the competition!”

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