Garden competition is blooming in its 80th year

East Ayrshire’s garden competition is thriving in its 80th year with a record number of local amateur gardeners vying for the Best Garden title.

And at a special ceremony the Westfield Nursery Rose Bowl for the Best Overall Garden was presented to competition new comer, Mr Hogg of 37 Oakbank Drive, Cumnock.

Mr Hogg was recognised for his spectacular colours, clever planting and creative garden design.

The task of judging the best overall garden fell to Bruce Cuthbertson and Fran Milligan from the East Ayrshire Tenants’ and Residents’ Federation, while the four areas – Cumnock and Doon Valley, Kilmarnock Central and South, North West Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley and Ballochmyle – were judged by specialists from the Council’s Outdoor Amenities section with Housing Services.

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council said: “The judges had a very difficult task selecting this year’s winners. There was a big increase in the number of entries and an increase in the number of competition new-comers; a fitting celebration of the competition’s 80th year.

“I was delighted to meet all the winners and congratulate them on their success. I was also delighted to offer congratulations to our most vibrant village, Sorn and our most vibrant community garden, Craigens Community Garden, Netherthird.”

Mr Hogg also received the Daily Record Cup for best private garden in Cumnock and Doon Valley.

The Daily Record Cup has been presented to winners since 1937 when the garden competition marked the coronation of The Queen’s father George VI.

The coronation was celebrated throughout Britain and photographs survive of King Street, Kilmarnock decorated with floral tributes and bunting.

The first winner of the Daily Record Cup was Alexander Able from 46 Culzean Crescent, Kilmarnock. Mr Able was a Police sergeant who moved from Police houses on Bank Street to Culzean Crescent on his retiral. Unfortunately there are no photographs of Mr Able’s garden but from the archives we believe that he was judged on practical planting, including vegetables, and floral displays.

Mr Able had a lucky escape in May 1941 when two homes next door to him were destroyed by enemy bombs during an air-raid. A German bomber returning from a raid on Clydebank dropped the last of its bombs at random killing four people who lived next door to Mr Able.

Councillor Reid added: “The story of the garden competition is rich and complex. Mr Able was the first ever winner and his story reflects the story of his time. Gardening was essential to families during the war years and provided much needed food and resources. The focus moved away from celebration and from making our towns and villages attractive to providing much needed sustenance.

“The garden competition has survived through periods of significant change for East Ayrshire and is still going strong today. I really admire the skill and commitment shown by our gardeners and their efforts to keep East Ayrshire clean, green and vibrant.”

EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL GARDEN COMPETITION 2017

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN, KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH
GEMMELLS NURSERIES CUP

Mrs Orr, 33 Commonhead Road, Kilmarnock

RUNNER-UP COUNCIL, KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH

Mrs Burnett, 2 Springhill Gardens, Kilmarnock

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN, KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH
EAST AYRSHIRE CUP

Mr Lang, 5 Holmlea Place, Kilmarnock

RUNNER-UP PRIVATE KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH

Mr Cox, 34 Campsie Road, Kilmarnock

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE

Mr Paton, 8 Margaret Avenue, Galston

RUNNER-UP COUNCIL IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE

Mr Muir, 10 Lomond Avenue, Hurlford

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE
LAND ENGINEERING CUP

Mr Mitchell, 19 Maxwood Gardens, Hurlford

RUNNER-UP PRIVATE IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE

Mr Johnston, 52 Brewlands Street, Galston

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN, NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK
FEDERATION CUP

Mrs McClue, 94 Altonhill Ave, Kilmarnock

RUNNER-UP COUNCIL NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK

Mr McIntosh, 65 Altonhill Ave, Kilmarnock

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN, NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK
CBC Cup

Ms Sim, 16 Glen Ord Cres, Kilmarnock

RUNNER-UP PRIVATE NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK

Mr Laurie, 49 Redding Ave, Kilmarnock

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY
Abie Paton Memorial Award

Mr Campbell, 25 Watson Terrace, Drongan

RUNNER-UP COUNCIL CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY
Mr McMinn, 28B Back Rogerton Crescent, Auchinleck

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY
DAILY RECORD CUP

Mr Hogg, 37 Oakbank Drive, Cumnock

RUNNER-UP PRIVATE CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY

Mrs Weir, 22 Glasgow Road, Muirkirk

BEST VEGETABLE GARDEN

Mr & Mrs Lindsay, 40 Carnshalloch Ave, Patna

BEST HANGING BASKETS & PLANTERS

Mr Frew, 11 Laurieland Ave, Crosshouse

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Mrs Ferguson, 15 Crofthead Ave, Kilmarnock

BEST NEWCOMER

Mrs McLean, 100 Main Road, Fenwick

OVERALL WINNER
WESTFIELD NURSERY ROSE BOWL and DAILY RECORD CUP

Mr Hogg, 37 Oakbank Drive, Cumnock

CLEANER GREENER MOST VIBRANT VILLAGE

Sorn

CLEANER GREENER MOST VIBRANT COMMUNITY GARDEN

Craigens Community Garden, Netherthird

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