Lyme Regis residents among garden competition winners

Overall winners were Jason Smith and Nicola Darby of Mangerton

RESULTS of the Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual Gardens and Allotments Competition have been announced, with two Lyme Regis residents taking bronze.

Considered as the most prestigious garden competition in the West Dorset area, the competition is open to all residents within a 12-mile radius of Melplash Village Church and several Lyme Regis gardeners took part this year.

The competition celebrates the hard work and pride that people put into their gardens. All types and sizes of gardens and allotments are encouraged to enter, with a total of 16 entries this year.

They were judged over two days by Tim and Sibyl Gale, the 2021 large garden category winners, and Melplash Show Horticulture Committee member Jackie Seogalutze, accompanied by the society president Nigel Jones, chairman James Vickery and vice chairman Philip Hardwell.

Overall winners were Jason Smith and Nicola Darby of Mangerton (pictured).

Lyme Regis residents Les Loveridge and Peter Lacey came third in the small gardens and medium gardens categories respectively.

The judges commented: “We were very impressed by the wide variety of gardens, full of wonderful plants, perfumes and delightful spaces. All were different but linked by the enthusiasm of their owners and the pleasure that gardening brings.

“Nearly all the gardeners recognise the critical part that wildlife, particularly pollinators, bring to their gardens and the health of our environment- gardens are not only a source of joy and pleasure but significant contributors to a sustainable future”.

Society chairman James Vickery added: “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 full results were as follow: Allotments: 1st Kevin and Deanna Trott, West Allington Allotments; 2nd Scott McGregor and Ruth Hennigan, West Allington Allotments; 3rd Alec and Ann Crawford, Beaminster. Small Gardens: 1st Nick and Jen Tett, Bridport; 2nd Val Bartlett, Bridport; 3rd Les Loveridge, Lyme Regis. Medium Gardens: 1st Jane Pinkster, Beaminster; 2nd Sue Warren, Morcombelake; 3rd Peter Lacey, Lyme Regis. Large Gardens: 1st Jason Smith and Nicola Darby, Mangerton; 2nd Rev. Carole Peters-King and Dr Barry Peters-King, Fishpond Bottom; 3rd Guy and Gillian Livingston, Bridport. Special Environmental Award – The George Payne Memorial Trophy – Roy Tarsnane, Bridport. The judges were impressed by his vision to create a wildlife garden that has been carried through with hard work and enthusiasm for more than 20 years.

Prizes will be awarded at the annual Melplash Agricultural Show at West Bay on Thursday, August 25.

The horticulture competition schedules for this year’s Melplash Show are now available from the show office or can be viewed online at www.melplashshow.co.uk

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