Bloomin' 'eck - pubs are winning awards as well
What a bloomin' great end to the year for Boston - gold and top prizes in the in-bloom competition and now awards for the top pub displays.
Goodbarns Yard received first prize in the first Pub in Bloom competition organised by Boston in Bloom and sponsored by Coaching Inn Group. The pub in Wormgate received the winner's plaque and a gift voucher for £50 to spend on its garden at Chanson Flowers and Plants, Wrangle.
Judges awarded the prize after visiting the garden and open-air dining area at the rear of the pub, overlooking the river and in the shadow of Boston Stump.
Manager Allison Gott praised gardener David Luto who had worked so hard to give customers a colourful, peaceful and relaxing area in which to enjoy the glorious summer we have had. The judges also commended him for his use of evergreens in the window boxes at the front of the pub which will continue to give year-round appeal.
Runners-up were the Hammer and Pincers in Swineshead Road and The Coach and Horses in Main Ridge.
Both were commended for their use of colour, especially in their hanging baskets. They received plaques and £25 each to spend at Chanson Flowers and Plants, Wrangle.
Every pub which entered received a £10 voucher to spend at the nursery.
Alison Fairman, chairman of Boston in Bloom, which last week learned Boston was the overall winner for the East Midlands in the large towns category, and picked up its fourth gold medal for the fourth year running, said: "We were pleased with the response our first Pub in Bloom competition received, and we will run it again next year, when we hope word will have got round and more, especially pubs in the villages, will take part. I have seen some fabulous pub gardens in the borough.
"Pubs, in town or the villages, remain at the heart of our way of life and it is really great to see so many staff taking the time and trouble to make them even nicer for their customers who want a pleasant place to relax with friends."
In this year's East Midlands in Bloom competition the art deco garden in Central Park was awarded the prize for best new permanent landscape, receiving a £250 voucher for trees, and the floral piano and soldier display in the Stump grounds received the best First World War award.
Willoughby Road Allotment Association received the It's Your Neighbourhood Award and the judges' award went to the garden volunteers at Fydell House.
Allison Gott, manager at Goodbarns Yard, second from right, receives the Pub in Bloom award from Kevin Charity, chief executive of competition sponsors Coaching In nGroup. Also pictured, from left, judge Paul Collingwood, Boston in Bloom chairman Alison Fairman holding the winning gift voucher, gardener David Luto, and, far right, judge Bridget Sykes.