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Chesterfield In Bloom 2021 winners revealed as allotment holders and schools honoured

The winners picked up prizes for everything from fabulous flowers to vibrant vegetables

Chesterfield’s green-fingered residents showed off their talents in the annual Chesterfield In Bloom competitions.

The contests are open to all Chesterfield residents and aim to celebrate the borough’s fantastic gardens – no matter the size.

It comes after the town recently scooped gold in East Midlands In Bloom and received a judge’s award for the development of Edinburgh Road Pocket Park.

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Chesterfield was put forward to represent the region in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Community Awards, part of their Britain In Bloom campaign.

Chris Turner, Chair of the Chesterfield in Bloom committee, said: “Our Chesterfield In Bloom competitions always receive lots of entries and they are always of a really high standard which makes judging very difficult. I want to congratulate everyone who has won this year but also recognise everyone who entered for their incredible efforts.”

This year’s winner’s included the aptly-named Colin Bloom of Hunloke Allotment Assocation, who won Best Allotment Plot (large).

Chesterfield in Bloom winners 2021

Best Overall – Andrea Brookes, Brimington

Best Front Garden – Elizabeth Mulcahey, Inkersall

Best Back Garden (small) – Richard and Sharon Smithson, Newbold

Best Back Garden (large) – Terry and Eileen Kelly, Brookside

Best Pub/Restaurant – The Cafe at Libbys, Brampton

Best Container Garden – Andrea Brookes, Brimington

Best Council House Tenant Container Garden – Tracy Flett and Terry Sharman, Poolsbrook

Best Council House Tenant Garden – Anita Stevenson, Duckmanton

Best Allotment Plot (small) – Mick Charlesworth, Rufford Close Allotment Association

Best Allotment Plot (large) – Colin Bloom, Hunloke Allotment Assocation

The judge’s discretionary awards went to Eric Lee from New Whittington and Ami Brunyee from Ashgate Hospice.

The schools’ competitions also made a return in 2021 with awards being given to Woodthorpe Church of England Primary School, Norbriggs Primary and Junior School, Speedwell Infant School, Arkwright Primary School and Treasures Neighbourhood Nursery, for their Vibrant Vegetables.

And for their Fabulous Flowers, awards were given to Parkside Community School, Woodthorpe Church of England Primary School, Norbriggs Primary and Junior School, Speedwell Infant School, Arkwright Primary School and Treasures Neighbourhood Nursery.

The children’s painting competition was themed around climate change and had two categories – in the reception to year two group Ronan Ager from Westfield Primary School took first prize and in the year three to six group Layla Reynolds from Brockwell Junior School picked up the top award.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Lots of people always put a great effort into their entries for Chesterfield In Bloom and this year was no exception.”

Chesterfield In Bloom will return next year. Find out more at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/in-bloom and see the winning gardens and allotment plots below.

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