Garden of the year: category winners

Susan Roberts, Queens Park, Bedford.
Susan Roberts, Queens Park, Bedford.

The best gardens in Bedfordshire are revealed this week – the culmination of months of hard work.

The 2014 Times & Citizen Garden of the Year competition has been a resounding success once again as some fabulous outdoor spaces and features have won awards.

Launching our contest for talented gardeners earlier this year, we invited readers to send in their pictures of their gardens at their best, with judges visiting a shortlist.

We have been delighted to team up once again this year with our friends at Frosts at Willington for this annual competition, run alongside our sister paper the Biggleswade Chronicle.

Marks were awarded for the overall impression - how pleasing it is to the eye, and how well the overall design works in relation to the size of the garden.

Judges considered planting; the variety, colour, overall maintenance and general health. And there was close attention paid to sustainability - the use of composting, recycling of water,and encouragement of wildlife.

A list of category winners and runners-up are below. The overall Times & Citizen Garden of the Year winner will be revealed at a prizegiving ceremony later this month.

Best School Garden

Winner: Potton Lower School

Best School Container Winner: Potton Lower School

school runners-up

St Swithun’s Lower School, Sandy; Westlingworth Lower School; Little Sapplings Pre-School, Goldington; Ursula Taylor School, Clapham; Hazeldene Lower School; Putnoe.

Large Front Garden

Winner: Mr and Mrs Malcolm Abrey, The Knolls, Beeston, Runner up: Mr and Mrs Colin Head, Silver Street, Great Barford Runner up: Ms Tina Blake and Mr Ralph Conder, Chilton Place, Henlow. Also special mention of Mr George Carter from Wilstead, who at 97 years old was the most senior gardener to enter the competition

Large Back Garden

Winner: Mr and Mrs Mark Jeffery, Brookfield Road, Pavenham

Runner up: Mr and Mrs Malcolm Abrey, The Knolls, Beeston

Runner up: Mrs Jill Wyner, River Lane, Milton Ernest

Small Front Garden

Winner: Mr T Cox, Laburnum Road, Sandy

Runner up: Mrs P Winconey, Newnham Avenue, Bedford

Runner up: Mr John Mclean, High Street, Great Barford

Small Back Garden

Winner: Mr and Mrs Hull,

Windsor Way, Sandy

Runner up: Mr and Mrs Colin Head, Silver Street, Great Barford, Runner up: Mr Kirk Wing, George Street, Bedford

Best Hanging Basket/`Container

Winner: Mrs Susan Roberts, Gratten Road, Bedford

Community Garden

Winner: Golden Gardens, Bedford (Mr J Robinson)

Water Conservation Garden

Mrs Corrine Calligan, High Street, Sutton