Ray scoops top prize in gardening contest

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Green-fingered residents have been rewarded for their amazing efforts which helped brighten up Chorley over the summer.

Front gardens across the borough were entered in to the annual Best Kept Garden competition run by Chorley Council in conjunction with Chorley and District Gardening Society.

And the winners were presented with their certificates at a special ceremony at Birkacre Garden Centre, which sponsored the contest, by the Mayor of Chorley, Coun John Walker.

Coun Adrian Lowe, who oversees floral displays at Chorley Council, said: “We had an amazing number of entries this year, far more than we’ve had for many years, and the standard was extremely high making it a difficult task for the judges.

“Next year we plan to have more categories and so open the competition up to even more people, so we hope we’ll get even more entries.”

The three categories were best small garden, best medium garden and best large garden.

The overall winner, who received the coveted Best Kept Garden trophy, was Ray Norris, of Southport Road, Ulnes Walton, who also won a certificate and vouchers for taking first place in the best medium garden category.

The category winners, who received a certificate and vouchers, were:

Best small garden: 1 – Mr Wane, Withington Lane, Heskin; 2 – Mr and Mrs Ken and Maureen Rutter, Bogburn Lane, Coppull; 3 – Mrs Lindsey Blackstock, Duxbury Manor Way, Chorley.

Best medium garden: 1 – Mr Ray Norris, Southport Road, Ulnes Walton; 2 – Mr and Mrs Kenneth and Lillian Miller, Parr Lane, Eccleston; 3 – Mrs Marsden, Woodside Cottage, Heskin.

Best large garden: 1 – Mr Banks, Wood Lane, Heskin; 2 – Mr Brian Melling, Bury Lane, Withnell; 3 – Mr Smith, Dawbers Lane, Euxton.