COLOURFUL blooms and community spirit was the winning combination which has seen a pensioner take the top spot in our Bridlington’s Best Garden competition.
Charmain Robinson, 69, of West Crayke, has been named as the winner of the competition which was run by the Free Press in conjunction with Eastfield Garden Centre.
Mrs Robinson has received a £500 voucher to spend at Eastfield Garden Centre as well as a trophy which has taken pride of place in her home.
She said: “It was a lovely surprise.
“I knew there was a voucher but I’ve got a trophy as well. The trophy has pride of place on the mantelpiece.
“It’s led to people stopping and looking at the garden. When we did the front garden in 2005 a lady walked up the hill and towards the house and she stopped and said ‘my husband committed suicide a couple of months ago and I walk up this hill and when I do it lifts my spirits.’ Ever since then we have tried to make it neat, tidy and colourful.”
All the entries in the inaugural competition were narrowed down to just five, each of which was visited by the panel of judges who were: Bridlington’s deputy mayor Coun Terry Dixon, Free Press deputy editor Simon Haldenby, and Peter Crowther, manager of Eastfield Garden Centre.
Joan Stephenson, director of Eastfield Garden Centre said the competition made for a difficult decision for the judges but in the end it was Mrs Robinson’s colourful blooms and unwavering community spirit which saw her crowned top gardener.
“When it came to the final decision the reason she won was despite the weather she still had a lot of colour in her garden and also the fact that she looks after the garden across the way which shows community spirit in keeping that area tidy,” Mrs Stephenson said.
Mrs Robinson, who cultivates plants from seedling to sell at plant sales in aid of local good causes, was praised for her charitable work.
Overall Mrs Stephenson said they had thoroughly enjoyed running the competition and were pleased with the response it generated.
The runners up in the competition were: Mrs S Langton, Bessingby Gate, West Hill; Mr and Mrs David Sutton, Woodlands Close; Josephine Price, Bempton Lane, Flamborough; and Carole Hillery, Bempton Oval.