2019 Garden competition winners announced

2019 garden competition winners announced

The winners of the 2019 East Ayrshire garden competition were recognised at a ceremony at the Burns Monument Centre last month.

As ever, the competition was fierce, as residents across all of East Ayrshire’s communities competed for the coveted title of Best Garden. And despite the disappointing summer weather, the competition continues to attract a growing number of entries from both regular enthusiasts as well as some new faces.

Now in its 82nd year, the competition was open to anyone living in East Ayrshire with a garden, no matter how big or small, which is maintained by themselves and not a professional gardener. The competition is judged across four housing areas:

  • Cumnock and Doon Valley
  • Irvine Valley and Ballochmyle
  • Kilmarnock Central and South
  • North West Kilmarnock

This year the Best Overall Garden award went to two winners, Mr Paton and Mr Johnstone, both Galston residents.In addition to all the neighbourhood winners, 87 commended/ highly commended certificates were issued. Sorn Village took the Cleaner, Greener, Most vibrant village Award; Netherthird Community Garden was hailed Cleaner, Greener Most Vibrant Community and Afton Court scooped the Award for Cleaner, Greener Most Vibrant Street.

Bob McCulloch, Head of Housing and Communities at East Ayrshire Council, praised the efforts of all the entrants. He said: “Every year our residents work hard to brighten up our streets and our communities with some of the most outstanding floral and garden displays, and this year was no exception, despite the poor weather conditions.

Congratulations to every one of you.”

Full winners list:

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK

ABIE PATON MEMORIAL AWARD

Mrs McClue

RUNNER UP COUNCIL GARDEN NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK

MR Pilkgavis

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK

LAND ENGINEERING CUP

Mr Conning, Stewarton

RUNNER UP PRIVATE GARDEN NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK

Ms Sim

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH

GEMMELLS NURSERIES CUP

Ms Dodds

RUNNER UP COUNCIL GARDEN KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH

Mrs Orr

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH

CBC CUP

Mr Bircham

JOINT RUNNERS UP PRIVATE KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH

Mr Lang, Mr Gray

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE

FEDERATION CUP

Mr Paton, Galston

JOINT RUNNERS UP COUNCIL IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE

Mrs Rowney, Galston and Mr Muir, Hurlford

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE

DAILY RECORD CUP

Mr Johnstone, Galston

RUNNER UP PRIVATE IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE

Mr Mitchell, Galston

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY

EAST AYRSHIRE CUP

Mr Robertson, New Cumnock

RUNNER UP COUNCIL CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY

Mr McMinn, Auchinleck

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE

ISS WATERERS CUP

Mr Hogg, Cumnock

RUNNER UP PRIVATE CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY

Mrs Weir, Muirkirk

BEST VEGETABLE GARDEN

Mr Lindsay, Patna

BEST HANGING BASKETS & PLANTERS

Mr Laurie, Kilmarnock

BEST NEWCOMER

Mr & Mrs Mrugala, Darvel

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mrs Meechan, Kilmarnock

CLEANER, GREENER MOST VIBRANT VILLAGE

Sorn

CLEANER, GREENER MOST VIBRANT COMMUNITY

Netherthird Community Garden

CLEANER, GREENER MOST VIBRANT STREET

Afton Court, New Cumnock

OVERALL WINNER COUNCIL

Mr Paton, Galston

OVERALL WINNER PRIVATE

Mr Johnstone, Galston