Bournemouth’s beautiful gardens and enthusiastic gardeners were celebrated at an awards night held at the Hallmark Carlton Hotel (Wednesday 17th October). More than a hundred trophies and certificates were presented to the town’s amateur and professional gardeners at the 2018 Bournemouth In Bloom awards ceremony.

There were three awards for Margaret Dudden’s stunning front garden in Ravine Road, Southbourne. With an array of hanging baskets, planters and attractive borders her colourful creation was a top favourite with the judges. The Daily Echo Award, in recognition of work promoting Bournemouth, was given to Rob Allardyce, business support manager for the Parks Department. Amongst hotel winners were the Miramar, Marsham Court and Balincourt and, in the Environmentally Friendly Spaces category, Access Dorset took the prize. There were also special awards for Bournemouth In Bloom volunteers Beryl Parker, Rad Howard, Penny Slade and Pam Bassil in recognition of their hard work.

Awards were presented by the Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Derek Borthwick and the Carlton’s Merrick Suite was packed with nearly 300 people attending the event.

Chris Colledge, chairman of Bournemouth In Bloom said: ‘The Bournemouth in Bloom Award’s Ceremony was the greatest success imaginable. How proud everyone who received an award must feel and something which encourages recipients to know that their hard work throughout the year is appreciated and contributes to the horticulture excellence of Bournemouth which is respected both nationally and beyond’.