It's blooming marvellous in Pimlico

It has been a fine summer for Pimlico’s gardens, with awards flooding in for the Lillington and Longmoore Gardens estate in its fiftieth anniversary year.

Following on from its record-breaking eighth consecutive success in Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Awards, residents of the estate celebrated local gardening talent at the annual Pimlico in Bloom awards on 24 September.

The awards are an off-shoot of the Britain in Bloom competition, which is organised each year by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Residents on the Lillington and Longmoore estate have been holding their own version of the awards since 2000, and this year’s winners were announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday evening.

The competition was judged by head gardener James Myers, and saw green-fingered members of the estate rewarded for their skills across a variety of categories, including the best individual garden and best private balcony or roof garden.

A certificate was also awarded for the most attractive display in a communal walkway, as well as the owner of the most impressive hanging basket.

Tending allotments is a popular activity on the estate, and the most proficient allotment-keeper was also recognised on the night.

The competition is open to residents of all ages and rewarded budding talent with a prize for the best gardener under the age of 13.

James Myers, who judged the entries, said:

“Gardening plays a big part in bringing the community together, and I am always so impressed by the quality of the entries.

“It has been another record-breaking year for Lillington and Longmoore, and these awards recognise the talent and passion of local residents in devoting so much time and care to their gardens and allotments.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners and runners-up and look forward to another wonderful year for Pimlico’s gardens.”

Full list of winners:

1. Individual garden:
Winner - Ernesto Pimon,2 Aubrey Beardsley House
Runner up - Esperanza Espineira, 1 Aubrey Beardsley House

2. Private balcony or roof garden:
Winner - Liz Townson, 9 Repton House
Runner up - Paul Boynton, 15 Charlwood House

3. Communal walkway:
Winner - Sue Clive, 3 Repton House
Runner up - Victor Spencer, 81 Longleat House

4. Container or hanging basket:
Winner - Victor Spencer, 81 Longleat House
Runner up - Dawn deMallet Burgess, 43 Charlwood House

5. Childrens category: under 13s:
Winner - Darlene Tory, 78 Joseph Conrad House
Runner up - Sue Armitage, 33 Forsyth House (pictured with her daughter Daisy (11) and son Ralph (8) who are keen allotment gardeners)

6. Allotment:
Winner - Liz Townson, 9 Repton House
Runner up - Philipa Bunkle, 38 Longleat House

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