Monday, 12 August 2013

Blooming Brillant!

1st Prize goes to 200 Galton Road
After much deliberation from Alys Fowler (The Guardian's resident gardener) and three local judges the prize winners of the Let's Get Bearwood Blooming competition were announced to great excitement yesterday afternoon at Lightwoods Park Bandstand

The competition organisers would like to thank Alys Fowler and the three local judges for their great judging skills, Wordwright Editorial Services Ltd for kindly sponsoring all of the prizes and Webb's of Bearwood for all their support.

The competition has been such a success that there is already great demand for it to be held again next year.

We would also like to say well done to all the prize winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered!

The main prize winners: (all prizes sponsored by Wordwright Editorial Services Ltd)
1st prize  200 Galton Road (£500)
2nd prize 7 Pargeter Road (£300)
3rd Prize 86 Galton Road (£200)
Highly Commended by Alys Fowler: 29 Richmond Road (Rosemary Bush)

The Local Vote:
Winner: 25 Rathbone Road (£25 voucher from Webbs - thank you Webbs!)
2nd: 33 Wigorn Road
3rd: 29 Richmond Road

Postman's Favourite (most lovely approach)
198 Park Road

Judge's Special 
4B Anderson Road (Campanula)
209 Barclay Road (Campanula)
259 Barclay Road (Campanula)

Shortlisted gardens:
4b Anderson Road
7 Pargeter Road
10 Katherine Road
29 Richmond Road
74 Willow Avenue
86 Galton Road
157 Milcote Road
200 Galton Road
209 Barclay Road
259 Barclay Road
Church House, Maurice Road

Jo-ann Lloyd selling her yummy cakes to raise money for the Warley Woods Bench Appeal
The three local judges Michael, Deborah and Pam

Award Ceremony at Bearwood Blooms Picnic

First prize winner Anna from 200 Galton Road receiving her prize

Some of the prize winners
In descending order, here are the gardens which won third, second and first prize...

Third Prize Garden - 86 Galton Road

Second Prize - 7 Pargeter Road

First Prize - 200 Galton Road


  1. What makes Khakan so special he gets his name mentioned and not his address?

  2. Ha that's weird and probably my fault! I have no idea, I shall change directly! Sally Taylor.

  3. I was trying to be so careful about not sharing people's names alongside their addresses!

  4. Great idea and lovely to see people's green fingered results!

  5. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered the first (and maybe not the last...) Bearwood Blooms Front Garden Competition. As the sponsor, I never imagined this would get off the ground, but thanks to the sterling work of everyone who leafleted and judged and put the word around, we have had a fantastic inaugural competition with wonderful gardens that we can all enjoy! Special thanks to Sally for all her work with the media, to Darron and Jo Billings for tirelessly promoting it on the blog and doing press releases, Webbs for their generous prize, all the shops and public places that put up posters, and fellow judge Pam who didn't even make a murmur when it rained! We've all made Bearwood look a bit better, and we've helped restore some of the places so desperately needed by wildlife: thank you.
    Deborah Yuill, WordWright Editorial Services Ltd

  6. Well done everyone involved in making Bearwood in Bloom happen.
    I'm really glad that 200 Galton Road won, I'm very jealous of that garden. Mine has a bit of maturing to do yet (it was fully paved when we moved in in Autumn 2011, so is in its infancy!).
    It'd be great in future years to have a few categories (formal, nature, etc) and maybe the opportunity for entrants to write a paragraph about their garden too.

  7. We've really enjoyed featuring the competition on welovebearwood and we've been overwhelmed by the beautiful gardens in Bearwood. Thank you Deborah for your lovely comment, it's been a pleasure. Jo and Daron

  8. I think it's been a great idea. Well done Galton Road residents and thanks to Deborah for putting up the prize money. It might be good to have other categories as suggested above - or even a 'Best Road' section.