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Green-fingered residents make Buxton a better place to live

Phyllis Goldstraw, winner in the Best Private Garden category, receives her prize from Rod Dubrow-Marshall.
Phyllis Goldstraw, winner in the Best Private Garden category, receives her prize from Rod Dubrow-Marshall.

Prizes were given out in the 2015 Buxton in Bloom gardening competition at a ceremony at the town’s Pavilion Gardens.

The annual horticultural competition attracted twice as many entrants as last year’s event and organisers say the awards are a bit part of what is making Buxton a “nicer, better place” to live.

One of the most well received awards went to 97-year-old gardener Betty Allen who won the judges’ prize for endeavour and who still does all her own gardening, apart from mowing the grass!

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Chairman, Roddie MacLean, said: “It’s a really beautiful town, and that doesn’t happen by accident.

“It happens because of all the work that you are doing.”

Organisers say they are amazed at how well the town has embraced the competition since its reintroduction and this enthusiasm is one of the reasons behind the town being entered in the Royal Horticultural Society’s East Midlands in Bloom contest.

And this in turn has become a showcase for how the town is using its green-fingers to make improvements for the community when the RHS judges came to see projects in Ashwood Park, Buxton railway station and the Serpentine Community Farm.

The awards were presented by the University of Derby’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, who said he was grateful to everyone who helped to make the town he lives in such a wonderful place.

Buxton in Bloom prize-winners

Best private garden: 1 Phyllis Goldstraw; 2 Susan Ashby; 3 Phil Baker.

Best wildlife plot: 1 Simone Harch; 2 Gary Lindop; 3 Sharon Haines.

Best hanging basket or planter: 1 Bell’s Shoes; 2 Maria Birchenough; joint 3 Old Hall Hotel, Ann Wilde and Mary Lou Johnston.

Best community project: 15 to 26 Macclesfield Road; 2 Dovedale Crescent; 3 Broad Walk.

Best commercial/retail garden: 1 JD Hair and Beauty; joint 2 The Argyle, The Green Man Gallery.

Best flowerpot person in a garden: 1 Mary Lou Johnston; 2 Lucy Wardle; 3 Iain Hawthorn.

Best flowerpot person (commercial): 1 Old Hall Hotel; 2 Buxton Opera House; 3 Simply Thai.

WOW! factor! Burbage Gardening Society Prize: Maria Birchenough.