Blooming marvellous effort as Ely scouts pick up the coveted Ely in Bloom trophy
PUBLISHED: 16:11 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:11 21 August 2015
Gardeners across the city were celebrated with a flourish at a prestigious award ceremony to mark this year's Ely in Bloom competition.
Ely in Bloom presentation evening 2015
Sylhet and Saffron finished first and third in the small business restaurants/cafes and takeaway premises fronts. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
Peacocks Tearoom - second in the large business restaurant/cafe and takeaway premises fronts section. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
The Hereward, left, and Daisy Cottage, second right, came third and first respectively in the category for pubs/hotels and B&Bs. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
Cathedral Vets won the best general retail premises award. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
Best volunteer group flower bed: Ely Horticultural Society (third), 1st Ely Scouts (first) and the Royal British Legion (second). Picture: MIKE ROUSE
The ambulance station fought off competition from the police station to win the emergency services and doctors award. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
Bell Holt, right, was victorious in the best community sheltered housing gardens with Thomas Parsons Square second. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
Tea for Two received a certificate of appreciation for its contribution towards the maintenance of floral displays in Ely. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
The overall winner - 1st Ely Scouts. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
All the winners with their certificates outside The Maltings. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
The overall winner of Ely in Bloom 2015 - 1st Ely Scouts. Picture: MIKE ROUSE
Winners in the seven categories were revealed at the awards presentation evening at The Maltings.
The judging panel led by Mayor Lis Every and in Bloom chairman Councillor Alison Arnold visited all the entries on July 27.
The panel also included: Deputy Mayor Ian Linsey, Cllr Sheila Friend-Smith, Cllr Chris Phillips, Mr Nigel Clarke, Mrs Carol Clarke, Mr Terry Overall, Mrs Sherley Overall, Ms Julie Elsey, Mrs Betty Seymour, Mr Ray Tinker, Mrs Suzanne Linsey, Mr John Yates, and Mr Daniel Block.
Cllr Arnold said: “It was a pleasure to judge this year’s competition as the standard of displays, small and large of each category was strong. Many colours, plant combinations with wonderful blooms. The overall standard was high and on behalf of the Ely in Bloom working group, we thank all those that gave their time to produce an array of colour, not only for personal pleasure but for other residents that live in Ely and visitors that come to Ely.” Mayor Lis Every judged the overall winner from the various category winners and awarded the coveted top prize to the 1st Ely Scouts.
She also thanked: Eve Youngman hairdressers, Tea for Two, and John Hines for their help in caring for the floral displays.
Top three entries in each category:
Small business restaurants/cafes and takeaways: 1, Sylhet; 2, Prezzos; 3 Saffron.
Large business restaurants/cafes and takeaways: 1, 3At3; 2, Peacocks; 3, Ta Bouche.
Pubs/hotels and B&Bs: 1, Daisy Cottage; 2, West End; 3, Hereward.
Other business premises fronts: 1, Cathedral Vets; 2, Enhance; 3, Snippets.
Best volunteer group flower bed: 1, 1st Scouts; 2, Royal British Legion; 3, Ely Horticultural Society.
Emergency services and doctors: 1, ambulance station; 2, police station; 3, fire station.
Best community sheltered housing garden: 1, Bell Holt; 2, Thomas Parsons; 3, Fairfax Court.