Yvonne's display was the best in the city!

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Photo:Above: Some views of the winning entry in Kemp Street

Above: Some views of the winning entry in Kemp Street

Photos by Henry Bruce

Winner of 'Best Window Box' in City in Bloom competitions 2012

By Gabrielle Villermet, NLCA rep on City in Bloom working group

This year 2012 the City in Bloom competitions and prize giving were organised by a volunteer group, with support from Brighton & Hove City Council and local businesses.

Flowers for the Queen

The theme was ‘Flowers for the Queen’ and the community competition entries came from many areas of the city.

Not a good summer for gardening

The weather this summer has not been kind to gardeners but many North Laine residents and traders still managed to produce splendid displays of hanging baskets, window boxes and front gardens, which really enhanced our area.

Prize giving ceremony

The prize giving ceremony for gardens and allotment competitions was held at the Friends Meeting House on 5th September 2012. The MC was Simon Schneider from the TV programmes Dickinson’s Real Deal and Secret Dealers and he presented the awards along with Deputy Mayor Anne Meadows and the acting chair of City in Bloom Paul Skelly. The winners were joined by members of the working group, sponsors, councillors and council officers.

First prize went to Yvonne West!

I’m delighted to report that first prize in the Best Window Box category was won by Yvonne West of Kemp Street. Congratulations to Yvonne! You can see some photos of Yvonne’s display on this page.

Tomatoes as well as flowers

Her window boxes and all the plants on the front of her house made a fantastic display that must have been admired by the many residents and tourists who walk through North Laine. She even had tomatoes growing in her upstairs window boxes. It is amazing what can be done without a front garden! Yvonne’s efforts are a great contribution to the community and I hope this will inspire even more North Laine residents to take part next year. If you did enter the competition and were not a winner this time, please try again.

A tea party after the prize giving

At the ceremony all the prize winners were presented with a gift voucher and a framed certificate signed by Mayor Bill Randall and Paul Skelly. The first prize winners also received a salver. After all winners had received their prizes, we invited everyone to a tea party with tea and cup cakes. The cakes were generously provided by Sue Addis of Donatello. On behalf of the working group I would like to thank Sue and all our sponsors for their generous support.

A new self-funding community group

The aim of City in Bloom is to encourage goodwill and involvement in the wider community and to encourage all sectors of the community to take part. City in Bloom will be launched as a self-funding community group in November 2012. Many volunteers will be needed, so if any of you feel that you would like to be involved, we would be very pleased to hear from you. You do not need to have a garden or allotment – just an interest in enhancing the local and wider community. Contact us on:



[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 218, September/October 2012]

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