TV gardener Charlie Dimmock joined a sun-drenched day of creative competitions at the weekend.
‘Strictly Come Gardening’ came to The Orchards, Haywards Heath, on Saturday, to provide live music, competitions and many Alice in Wonderland themed activities in celebration of the story’s 150th anniversary.
Nicola Bird,manager at Orchards, said: “It was the best Strictly ever! I’m so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a special day; it was a real team effort and I will long remember our Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff eating their way through so many fantastic cakes!”
Music was provided by Perrymount Players Youth Theatre, school choirs from Lindfield, St. Wilfrid’s, Wivelsfield Primary, Mid Sussex Sinfonia and Rok Skool.
Charlie judged an array of cups and saucers created by children in primary schools and Brownies clubs.
Other judges included BBC’s Jean Griffin, Tom Brown, from Parham House and Steve Edney, from The Salutation.
Deputy Lieutenant Carole Hayward and High Sheriff Denise Patterson judged the care homes’ tea pots competition, the nursery schools’ wheelbarrows and the 16 finalists cakes in the Great Strictly Bake Off.
In the cups and saucers competition, first prize went to Harlands Primary School, second prize went to 3rd Haywards Heath Brownies and third prize wen to Northlands Wood School
In the care home tea pots competition, Maplehurst Nursing Home won first prize, while Adelaide House Nursing Home came second and Pelham House Care Home came third.
In the nursery school wheelbarrow competition, first prize went to The Farmhouse Nursery, Ardingly, second prize was awarded to Tiggers Pre-School, Balcombe and St. Paul’s Pre School came third.
Emily Brock won the bake off, and second and third places went to Charlotte Maitland and Denis Georgescu.