The winners of this year’s Newent in Bloom competition have been announced.

Green-fingered residents have been working for months to get gardens, planters, shops and schools looking their best.

And it’s been tougher than usual for gardeners with an extended spell of hot, dry weather responsible for many a scorched-looking lawn around the country.

The top prize - the title of Newent’s Supreme Champion Gardener 2022 - went to Jill Street of Lakeside.

Judge Ann Allen said: “This garden looks amazing every year – it is very full and obviously much-loved, and gives lots of pleasure to everyone nearby.

Ledbury Reporter: Jill Street's winning garden in LakesideJill Street's winning garden in Lakeside

“How they've coped with the weather I don't know, but despite the drought this garden still looks amazing.”

Mrs Street wins the Smiths Chartered Surveyors Perpetual Cup and a gold certificate, which will be presented at Newent Market House on Saturday, September 10 at 11am.

A special gold award, sponsored by Transition Newent, is going to the Forest School project at Newent Federation of Schools in Ross Road.

Award for Newent forest school

Run by Hester Feld, the project gives every pupil at Glebe Infants and Picklenash Juniors an hour of outdoor education every week, rain or shine, to engage young minds and hands in all aspects of nature and the environment.

The Recycling Shop in Sheppard Way won the award for best commercial premises and the most pollinator-friendly garden was named as the new wildflower meadow at The Veg-Out Zone Community Garden in Broad Street.

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Ashley Mullinger of Holts Terrace won the award for best back garden and the award for best courtyard/frontage was tied between 34 Stokes Mews and Toad Hall, Bury Bar.

Judges decided the best public/community effort should go to Newent Town Council and Chamberlain’s Nurseries for the tubs in town and St Mary’s church railings.

“We would like to thank everyone who has entered this year,” said a Newent in Bloom spokesperson. “It’s great to see our town looking so good.”