Seaton Valley Council holds an annual gardening competition. The competition is as much about people, as it is about plants and gardening. Founded on the principle that brightening up our outdoor spaces is good for us all, the competition gives individuals and local communities an opportunity to work together to bring about change.
Our competition offers free entry and awards to be proud of. With a range of categories to choose from, there is something for everyone – from hardy allotment holders aiming to be the ‘pick of the crop’ to schools striving to be ‘top of the class’!
Gardening Competition 2018
Gardeners from across Seaton Valley were celebrated at the Gardening Competition 2018 awards ceremony on Friday 7 September 2018, where the category winners were presented with their certificates.
Residents, Groups and Businesses were invited to enter the Seaton Valley Gardening Competition that has been held annually for over five years.
This year the categories included: Best Mini Garden, Best Small Garden, Best Kitchen Garden, Best Village Garden, Best Single Container, Best Allotment, Best Business, Best Community Garden Space, Best In Bloom Project, Overall Best Looking Village and Overall Best In Year.
We received a large number of entries in all of the categories that made judging very difficult. Cllr. Les Bowman, who was one of the judges, said ‘I have really enjoyed going around looking at entries this year and the standard has been so high. Despite the very dry spell we have experienced, the gardens and floral displays look great, that is a credit to the dedication of our Seaton Valley gardeners’.
At the awards ceremony, Cllr. Bowman and his wife, Susan, who was also a judge, presented the certificates to the winners.
A full list of the category certificate winners and pictures from the awards ceremony can be viewed below:
|Best Mini Garden|
|Honey Brown||New Hartley||SILVER GILT|
|Rueben Hetherington||Seaton Sluice||GOLD|
|Best Small Garden|
|Gary Jefferson||Seaton Delaval||SILVER GILT|
|Best Kitchen Garden|
|Gill King||Holywell||SILVER GILT|
|Best Village Garden|
|Joyce Hails||Seaton Sluice||BRONZE|
|Julie Bovingdon||New Hartley||BRONZE|
|Aileen Hetherington||Seaton Sluice||SILVER|
|Norma Brown||New Hartley||SILVER GILT|
|James Barrass||New Hartley||SILVER GILT|
|Lorraine Sore||Seaton Sluice||SILVER GILT|
|David Ferguson||Seaton Sluice||SILVER GILT|
|Christine Bryan||Seaton Sluice||SILVER GILT|
|Eunice Pringle||Seaton Sluice||GOLD|
|Alison Thomas||Seaton Sluice||GOLD|
|Mrs J Bainbridge||Seaton Sluice||GOLD|
|Jill Bradshaw||Seaton Sluice||GOLD|
|Jean Dalziel||Seghill||PLATINUM – Overall winner|
|Best Single Container|
|Mrs J Bainbridge||Seaton Sluice||PLATINUM – Overall Winner|
|Judy Zajac||West Terrace||SILVER|
|Mr & Mrs Christie||Baxter Place||GOLD|
|Jim Wood||West Terrace||GOLD|
|Robert Welsh||Victoria Close||PLATINUM – Overall Winner|
|The Flower Cabin||Seaton Delaval||SILVER|
|Spinning Tops||Seaton Delaval||GOLD|
|Keel Row||Seaton Delaval||GOLD – Overall Winner|
|Best Community Garden Space|
|Beresford Court||Seaton Sluice||SILVER|
|Miners Cottages||New Hartley||GOLD|
|Seaton Sluice Community Centre||GOLD|
|Memorial Garden||New Hartley||GOLD|
|St Mary’s Church||Holywell||GOLD|
|Hartley Court||New Hartley||GOLD – Overall Winner|
|Best In Bloom Project|
|Community Orchard, Sandown Close||Holywell||SILVER|
|Community Centre Front Garden||Seghill||SILVER|
|Memorial Garden||New Hartley||SILVER GILT|
|Community Herb and Mural||Seaton Sluice||GOLD|
|Poppy Park||Seaton Delaval||GOLD – Overall Winner|
|Overall Best Looking Village|
|Seaton Sluice||SILVER GILT|
|Seaton Delaval||GOLD – Overall Winner|
|OVERALL BEST IN YEAR|
|2018 Special Award|
|Seaton Sluice In Bloom for their continuous dedication and effort they put in to enhance their village.|