Burwash in Bloom

Burwash in Bloom competition  held on 27 June 2015 - RESULTS

Two categories:  ’Residents’ and ‘Businesses’

The three Residents categories include: Hanging baskets, Window Boxes/Troughs, and Front Gardens (which can be seen from the pavement). The cost of entry was £2.00 for each class.

Two Business categories: Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes and the entry fee was £5.00 for each class.


There were 56 entries in the competition, six in the Business classes and fifty in the Resident’s classes (48 from the village of Burwash and 2 from Burwash Common – well done you two!).   A total of 24 front gardens were entered, there were 15 entries in the hanging baskets class and 17 entries in the window boxes/tubs and troughs class.

We were lucky to get Len Bernamont as our Judge.  He is the Gardens and Estates Manager for Bateman’s, the Alfriston Clergy House and Monk’s House.   He was very impressed with the entries and the variety of different gardens and interpretations, from tiny cottage gardens with masses of planting, to more formal designs with clever use of paving and architectural features. He was particularly impressed with the number and variety of tubs, troughs, window boxes and hanging baskets along the High Street.   Well done everyone!

The winners were:

Front Garden: Nick Carrie at Southside, High Street ‘The best use of a small amount of space and variety of planting styles’

Hanging Basket: Doreen Cartwright at 9 Rother View ‘Eye catching, all matching and a good colour’

Tubs/Troughs/Window Boxes: Berry Wraight at Chime Cottage, School Hill. ‘Simply stunning’

The final decisions were very difficult, especially in the Front Garden category so he has awarded ’Highly Commended’ to the following:

Front Gardens: John McCartney at Westdown Cottage, Westdown Lane; Dorothy Waterhouse at Longstaffes, High Street and Heather Toll at Hunters Cottage, Vicarage Lane.

There was, however, a further ‘Special Commendation for Innovation’ awarded to Steve ‘Peanuts’ Payne for The Allotment Garden by the Doctor’s Surgery. The Judge especially asked that mention was given to both allotments (so well done to Maggie Parker as well!) as both allotments were neat, tidy and very productive and he congratulated them both for using ground which would otherwise be wasted. Whilst looking at the Allotment Garden we were informed by a ‘Burrisher ‘ that during the war the whole of what is now the car park and doctor’s surgery area was allotments, so a very fitting use of this once spare piece of land.

Highly Commended for her Hanging basket was Helena Fenner at Yaxley, High Street and in the Tubs, Troughs and Window Boxes category Ian Craston of Farley House, High Street was also Highly Commended.

In the Business Classes, there was the usual friendly rivalry between The Rose and Crown and The Bear Inn.  The Rose and Crown narrowly beat The Bear to win the Hanging Baskets class whilst The Bear narrowly beat The Rose in the Tubs/Troughs and Window Boxes class. A very diplomatic solution!

We think there was sufficient interest and enthusiasm to repeat the Competition next year so we are provisionally looking at Saturday 25th June 2016 look out for more information closer to the time.  Remember the competition is open to the whole of Burwash, Burwash Weald and Burwash Common.   We would love to see more entries from the Weald and Common next year.

With thanks to all who participated and all those who helped with the printing, distribution and advertising and a special thanks to Graham Jarvis for the use of his shop for collecting entry forms.




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