The results of one of the ‘most prestigious garden competitions’ in the West Dorset area, the Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual Gardens and Allotments Competition are in.
Some 16 gardens were judged over two days by Tim and Sibyl Gale, Jackie Seogalutze, accompanied by society president Nigel Jones, Society Chairman James Vickery and Vice Chairman Philip Hardwell, the competition celebrates the hard work and pride people put into their gardens.
James said: “It was a privilege to visit so many fantastic gardens and allotments. It was very obvious that everyone had spent many hours working in their gardens and did so throughout the year. The results were magnificent.
“Thank you everyone for taking part, we hope you will again next year!”
the overall winners of the garden and allotment contest were Jason Smith and Nicola Darby of Mangerton.
Jason said: “We are absolutely blown away at not only winning the large garden category but also being the overall winners. “Our garden is our biggest pleasure, the place where we can both relax and enjoy being outside together.
“Through the pandemic we have had time to make a number of gradual improvements. We have brought the wild back into the garden, and we think successfully merged our classic cottage garden into the surrounding countryside!”
The prizes will be awarded at the annual Melplash Agricultural Show off West Bay Road, Bridport on Thursday, August 25.
1: Kevin and Deanna Trott, West Allington Allotments
2: Scott McGregor and Ruth Hennigan, West Allington Allotments
3: Alec and Ann Crawford, Beaminster
1: Nick and Mrs Jen Tett, Bridport
2: Val Bartlett, Bridport
3: Les Loveridge, Lyme Regis
1: Jane Pinkster, Beaminster
2: Sue Warren, Morcombelake
3: Peter Lacey, Lyme Regis
1: Jason Smith and Nicola Darby, Mangerton
2: Rev. Carole Peters-King and Dr Barry Peters-King, Fishpond Bottom
3: Guy and Gillian Livingston, Bridport
Special Environmental Award The George Payne Memorial Trophy: Roy Tarsnane, Bridport
Overall Winner of the Garden & Allotment Competition: Jason Smith and Nicola Darby, Mangerton