CRiB Front Garden Competition Results

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There were 22 fantastic entries in this year's CRiB (Curry Rivel in Bloom) Front Garden Competition, making the village look fantastic, here are the winners.......
First — Emma Burt, Chatham Close

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It was noted that the colours used and the different recycled materials which were incorporated into the design were excellent, as was the condition of the garden.

Joint Second — Derek Annetts, Spirales & Marie Trimmer, Hoskins Close

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Spirales demonstrated a good use of colour using mainly annual plants combined with some effective foliage planting resulting in a good use of a limited garden space.

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Hoskins Place told a moving story of the Great War in two stages which took the visitor to a calm and contemplative garden area with appropriately peaceful planting and restful colours.

Third Place — Kevin Loe & Annette Stein, Fircroft

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This demonstrated innovative use of colour of the containers in combination with the planting creating an eye catching feature on the roadside verge

Highly Commended Certificates

  • 5 Stanchester Way — Neat with good recycling aspects and colour
  • 20 Stanchester Way — Well planted and maintained garden with a good variety of planting.
  • Fairview — Good use of annual colour in pots and hanging baskets
  • Linden Cottage — Innovative use of willow sculpture on tree stump providing an upright focal point in the garden.
  • Townsend Cottages — all four cottages joined in . An array of colours using annual planting in window boxes and hanging baskets creating a lovely overall effect in a difficult area

Judging Process
The criteria used to assess the front gardens that were provided as the finalists are as follows :
* Colours reflecting the theme of Peace — looking for harmony colours especially including whites, pinks and pale blues.
* Horticultural Excellence — Plant combinations, variety of plants used, form and textures and quality of plants
* Design — Suitability of design for available space, impact and initial impression
* Environmentally & Pollinator friendly — Use of Recycled materials and selection of pollinator planting
* Garden condition — garden maintenance and tidiness
There were 5 points available for each of the above meaning a total score of 25 was available. (The scores were based on the current RHS judging criteria ie 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Satisfactory and 1 = Poor).

The scores for the finalist gardens were very close — only 5 points separated the top and bottom scores