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PUBLISHED: 14:46 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:15 25 August 2010

Winner of Back Garden

Winner of Back Garden

WINNERS of a bloom competition have been praised for making the borough one of the best presented in the capital.

WINNERS of a bloom competition have been praised for making the borough one of the best presented in the capital.

Bexley mayor Bernard Clewes MBE congratulated the winners of Bexley in Bloom 2009 at an awards ceremony sponsored by Ruxley Manor Garden Centre at Hurstmere School, Sidcup, last Thursday.

It follows the borough's silver-gilt award in the London in Bloom contest at Twickenham Rugby Club last month.

Mr Clewes said: "It's lovely to see so many people rewarded for keeping our borough looking so beautiful. The time and effort they put in is greatly appreciated."

Winners were given a trophy and vouchers to spend at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Maidstone Road, Sidcup.

Best seasonal front garden went to David and Ann Couzens of Gravel Hill Close, Bexleyheath. The award for best back garden went to Tony and Carol Dixon of Tile Kiln Lane, Bexley.

Best permanent front garden went to Frank Fantoni of Rochester Drive, Bexley; best wildlife garden Sylvia Colegate of Old Road, Crayford; best shared gardens, the residents of Flaxman Court, Hoddesdon Road, Belvedere; best allotment plot Gerry Hockley of Alers Road, Green Vale, Bexleyheath; best mini-plot Jennifer Lake of Rosemary Road, Welling.

Sidcup scooped best allotment site at Harland Avenue Allotments.

The best business or public premises award was won by Woodlands Farm Trust, Welling; Avenue Road Bowls Consortium, Erith came second and Sidcup Police Station took third place.

Best first time entrant went to Wendy Ransley of Long Lane, Bexleyheath and the outstanding achievement award was won by David Sleat of Hayley House, Wadeville Close, Belvedere.

London Gardens Society Certificate of Excellence was presented to Frank Routh, of Cloudesley Road, Slade Green.

Next year's Bexley in Bloom competition will open for entries in March 2010.

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