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 completed 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 the Award for Cleaner Green 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: Mrs McClue

RUNNER UP: MR Pilkgavis

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN NORTHWEST KILMARNOCK: Mr Conning, Stewarton

RUNNER UP: Ms Sim

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH: Ms Dodds

RUNNER UP: Mrs Orr

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN KILMARNOCK CENTRAL & SOUTH: Mr Bircham

JOINT RUNNERS UP : Mr Lang, Mr Gray

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE: Mr Paton, Galston

JOINT RUNNERS UP: Mrs  Rowney, Galston and Mr Muir, Hurlford

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN IRVINE VALLEY & BALLOCHMYLE:Mr Johnstone, Galston

RUNNER UP: Mr Mitchell, Galston

BEST COUNCIL GARDEN CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY: Mr Robertson, New Cumnock

RUNNER UP: Mr McMinn, Auchinleck

BEST PRIVATE GARDEN CUMNOCK & DOON VALLEY: Mr Hogg, Cumnock

RUNNER UP: 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