There was a magnificent attendance at this year’s Garden Awards which took place on 18th July in the conference room at Fourways2.
Many gardens were shortlisted and around 15 gardens in each ward and displays maintained by businesses / community groups were independently judged . Ian Dent, Senior Gardener, from The Alnwick Garden was escorted around the town by Councillors Martin Horn and Kate Morrison where the gardens were scored out of set criteria including:
- Overall Design e.g. how it is set out, how things blend/ contrast
- Variety of Shapes and Colours of Plants and/or Objects used
- Standard of Maintenance
- Overall Appeal- ‘the WOW factor!’
Those shortlisted were invited to attend the ceremony where winners were announced and presented with an award. The categories and winners were as follows:
Best of West – 156 Gloster Park
Runner up – 4 Riverside
Best of East – 6 St Cuthbert’s Avenue
Runner up – 26 St Cuthbert’s Avenue
Best of Central – 9 Marine Road
Runner up – 5 Lindisfarne Road
Overall Best in Amble – 156 Gloster Park
Community Garden Award
Commended – Homes for Northumberland for Tynedale, Dolphin Court and the Memorial Gardens
Runner Up – St Oswald’s Court
Winner – West Court
Other awards presented on the night included Allotments which were selected by the Allotments Holders Society committee members.
Best of East – E83 – Mr R Lorrimer
Best of West – W34 – H Potts
Most Improved – E68 – Mr I Shanks
A fairly new addition to the awards ceremony is the secret garden category where those gardens that are not normally visible to the passing public can be nominated by the submission of photographs to the Council.
This year’s winner was 34 Ladbroke Street.
Adult – Amble Food Bank
Junior – Tiny Woods Academy
The Community Awards this year were for two organisations who have both contributed in very different ways to the town.
Amble Food Bank has been set up by a collaboration of many Amble based organisations including Vineyard Amble, Coquet Churches Together, Alnwick & District CAB, Co-Op, Barclays, Amble Youth Project, Amble Development Trust as well as other agencies, organisations and businesses. The situations that bereavement, job loss, illness, family breakdown and benefit issues can cause can seriously affect the essentials of day to day life – Amble Food Bank is there to help by relieving individuals and families in need.
Tiny Woods Football Academy is well known within our local community for having done so much work with youth groups of all ages to encourage a love of football and team spirit. Josh Rutherford and Jamie Dixon set up Tiny Woods Football Academy in 2013 and coaches boys and girls 4 – 13 years of all abilities. Tiny Woods has gone from strength to strength to become an integral part of our community.
Mayor Jane Dargue said “’I was absolutely delighted to present awards at our Awards Ceremony this year. Year on year the standard of great gardens in the town is rising and makes choosing the absolute best a very difficult job. We have some very talented and dedicated gardeners that help to really brighten up the town. I was extremely pleased to be able to present awards to The Amble Food Bank and to the Tiny Woods Academy for the Adult and Junior Community Awards respectively. Both organisations do amazing work for the town in very different ways and to my mind, truly reflect the meaning of community spirit”
If you have won an award and are yet to receive it please contact Amble Town Council on 01665 714695.