Day centre comes up roses in Buckingham In Bloom

Mayor Ruth Newell, Cllr Christine Strain-Clark and all the winners of Buckingham In Bloom.

Mayor Ruth Newell, Cllr Christine Strain-Clark and all the winners of Buckingham In Bloom.

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Buckingham’s Options Day Centre was among the winners in this year’s Buckingham in Bloom competition.

Winners were presented with their prizes by Buckingham mayor, Ruth Newell, on Thursday last week.

Gardens had been judged by a panel made up of the mayor, Councillor Geraldine Collins, Councillor Hedley Cadd, and Councillor Terry Bloomfield.

Criteria for the competition included a variety of plants, colour, and overall appearance of gardens.

The overall winner was once again Brian Wilkins of Meadow Gardens, who was praised for his garden brimming with colour and beautiful plants.

He was presented with rosettes, garden vouchers and certificates, as well as a new cup introduced this year.

Second prize was won by Mrs Smith of Paynes Court, while third place went to Mr and Mrs Liddle of Lenborough Close, who were also the third place winners last year.

Commendations went to Mr Rayner of Western Avenue, Mr and Mrs Pearce of Addington Road, and Mrs Melluish of Fishers Field.

All the runners-up were presented with rosettes, garden vouchers and certificates.

A new community garden category was introduced to Buckingham In Bloom this year, and was won by the Options Day Centre group.

Staff and users of the day centre, based in Verney Close, had planted and carefully maintained the garden.

They won a shield and garden vouchers, while the second prize went to residents of Paynes Court.