Gardeners from Balsham, Linton, Sawston and Whittlesford collect awards.

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Avid gardeners from South Cambridgeshire collected their awards at a recent presentation evening.

The green fingered residents, competing in South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) 32nd Best Kept Garden competition, collected their gongs from Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford.

Harold Gawthrop, from Balsham, won the best greenhouse (flowers) award, was second in the best vegetable garden category and joint runner up for having the best window box.

Derek Page (pictured above), from Linton, won the best kept garden section.

Joan Pickup, from Whittlesford, won the best new tenant’s garden section, beating Malcolm and Brenda Norris, from Sawston, into second place.

Best window box – joint second place: Harold Gawthrop from Balsham

The presentation ceremony was held at Scotsdales Garden Centre, Great Shelford. Scotsdales and Hill Residential are long-standing sponsors of the competition.

Cllr Mark Howell, SCDC’s cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s a real pleasure to present these awards. The inspiration and hard-work that goes into creating such beautiful gardens deserves recognition.

“Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all of our entrants, judges and sponsors.”

Caroline Owen, Managing Director of Scotsdales Garden Centre, said: “It’s not been an easy year to be a gardener weather-wise, but the displays in this year’s competition were as fantastic as ever.

“As ever, the Best Kept Garden awards are very well deserved.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (October 25) Echo.

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