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Victorious, green-fingered and glorious!

Green-fingered residents from across the District converged on Mansfield's Civic Centre on Wednesday (17 September) for the results of the Best Kept Garden competition.

This is the climax of months of preparation: the competition was launched in May and experts from Mansfield District Council's Parks department carried out a judging tour in July and August.

The winners of the Best Kept Garden competition gather round Cllr Mick Barton, Vice Chairman of Mansfield District Council

Mansfield District Council's Vice-Chairman, Councillor Mick Barton, handed out the awards to the winners of the different categories, including: Best Front Garden, Best Commercial Premises and Best Allotment.

The winners of the Best Overall Garden (and the Best Back Garden category) were Avril and John Marshall of Meadow Bank, Mansfield Woodhouse.

The judges were particularly impressed with their garden, which they describe as having lots of novelty, features: three New Zealand tree ferns, labernums and a statue of Pandora with a gothic arch.

Mr and Mrs Marshall are thrilled with their win: "We are very pleased with this. The trophies will take pride of place in our trophy cabinet."

"We have been taking advantage of Mansfield District Council's composting for years and the soil has benefited from this. You can't grow good flowers without good soil."

Cllr Mick Barton with Mr & Mrs Marshall, winners of the Best Overall Garden category

Councillor Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, who attended the ceremony, commented: "The Best Kept Garden competition is a wonderful opportunity for Mansfield's many green fingered residents to demonstrate their gardening skills."

"It is also a great opportunity to demonstrate our pride in the district and show it district at its best."

Winners in Full

Best Kept Commercial Premises: Ashlands Residential Care Home

Best Kept Street: Halifax Avenue

Best Kept Wildlife/Conservation Area: Wynndale Primary School

Best Kept Front Garden: Denise Hague

Best Kept Back Garden: Mr & Mrs Marshall

Best Container/Hanging Basket: Mr Hind

Best Allotment: June Gammond

Best Allotment Newcomer: June Gammond

Most Outstanding Garden: Mr & Mrs Harvey

Best Overall Garden: Mr & Mrs Marshall

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