There were celebrations ay the The Best Kept Garden competition in Haywards Heath which gained a new allotment category to encourage families to get more involved with the great outdoors.
The award for best family allotment was won to the Kabaivanov family whose allotment was singled out by a committee member after witnessing the children getting involved and adding to the character and ‘delightfulness’ of the family plot.
Competition organisers said it is hoped the new category will encourage more families to embark on gardening projects together and encourage more children to be involved in the allotments in the town.
Cllr Sandy Ellis said: “The standard of gardens and allotments in Haywards Heath continues to be really outstanding. There were some impressive entries and this made the judges jobs very difficult this year.”
John Awcock and Sandra Westmoreland from the Bentswood area won the best kept garden in Haywards Heath for their beautiful garden and insect friendly planting. Nick and Sandra Monk won the best kept allotment award for their plot in America Lane. Café Rouge was named as the winner of the best commercial business garden for its colourful display on its business frontage and outdoor seating areas, and Winnals Park was awarded the best Communal Gardens for 2018.
The Haywards Heath In Bloom committee also presented special awards to Elizabeth Norman, Mayflower Court Nursing Home manager, for her outstanding work and commitment to the gardens in the nursing home and to Mr John Ellis from Ashenground ward, for his garden.
A special award also went to Leaders in Haywards Heath for its continued support of community gardening projects and the donation towards free poppy seeds for children at the town’s annual spring festival.