Ryde In Bloom
Ryde in Bloom is facilitated by the Town Council and delivered by a working party that includes Councillors, a gardens expert and the chair of the local business association. The whole community is encouraged to enter, whether it be for Allotment of the Year of for a window box and the judges are keen to encourage environmentally friendly and sustainable planting. Previous entries received ranged from a an 8 year old who has designed a miniature garden in a wheelbarrow to Quarr Abbey Gardens and Farm, an oasis of calm and tranquillity on the site of a monastery.
The competition is advertised and featured in the local press. Local schools have their own competition with the majority of primary schools taking part.
The Business Association works closely with the In Bloom Working Party to promote the competition via social media (Twitter and Facebook) and will be podcasting about the winning entries after the local judging has taken place. The Working Party also works with individual businesses to provide hanging baskets, project support and to seek support for other in bloom projects – an example of this is the used coffee grounds supplied by Costa to allotment holders and to the Aspire Community Garden and the hanging baskets supplied to the Pavilion Bar on Ryde Esplanade.
To see the winners of 2017 Ryde in Bloom click here: https://www.rydetowncouncil.org.uk/ryde-in-bloom/
Ryde in Bloom 2018 Winners
Ryde Town Council would like to thank everyone that entered Ryde in Bloom this year and came to our awards evening on Thursday 11th November at The Royal Esplanade Hotel. We hope to see you all again next year and hopefully some new faces aswell!
The Winners this year were.
1. Overall winner/ winner of best front garden over 3m – Mr Brett
2. Small garden frontage or balcony – Katrina Adhyaru
3. Hanging baskets/ planters/tubs/ window boxes – Peter Lowe
4a. Large Public house/ hotel/ guesthouse/restaurant – Solent Inn
4b. Business / Community Interest Company – Windmill Farm
5a Best senior citizen complex / nursing home/ care home – Sara Hutchings
5b. Community accommodation / Communal garden – Frances Redman
6. Young persons & John Warner Cup – Lucas Richards
7. Schools Competition
Winners – Haylands Primary School
Runners up – Greenhaven at Greenmount Primary School
Highly Commended – Dover Park
Highly Commended – Fiveways
8. Allotment of the year – Keith Bloomfield
9. Caravans in Bloom – Old Mill Holiday Park
Special award for work in the community
Aspire & Quarr Abbey