The Parish Council's Cossington in Bloom Awards were presented at the end of the Annual Flower Show in the Village Hall on Saturday 8th August. The combined event was blessed with good weather and was a great success - largely down to the efforts of the organising team and those who attended and took part.
There were five categories for the garden competitions. Each garden visible from the public highway is automatically entered and Royal Horticultural Society judges from another village or town tour the village and make their decisions during early July.
Results were as follows:
Best Large Garden - Winner: Mr. & Mrs. C. Kemmish (Conifers, Middle Rd); Runner-up: Geoffrey Cross & Dominique Vasseur (Old Coach House, Manor Barton)
Best Small Garden - Winner: Barley Close; Runner-up: Cristine Catlow (6 Trivetts Way)
Most Colourful Garden - Winner: Barley Close; Runner-up: Cristine Catlow (6 Trivetts Way)
Best Ecological or Sustainable Garden - Winner: Polden Hills Veterinary Centre (Brent Road); Runner-up: Mr and Mrs Nicholson (5 Broderip)
Best Hanging Baskets / Tub - Winner: Geoffrey Cross & Dominique Vasseur (Old Coach House, Manor Barton)
A Scarecrow Competition was also run for the first time with entries based on the theme of a TV character. There were nine entries and judging was carried out by a scarecrow competition "veteran" from Queen Camel. The results were:
First - Emily Saunders (Hayesbrook House, Bell Lane) - for "Lady Capanula Tottington" (Wallace & Gromit Film "Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
Second - Valerie Sparkes (Park Crescent) for Phil Harding from "Time Team"
Third - Jemima Eavis (Old Orchard House, Bell Lane) for Angelina Ballerina
Photos of the scarecrows can be seen by clicking on the link on the top right of the screen