More than 120 residents from the London Road area of St Albans took part in the fourth annual ‘Roads in Bloom' competition during June and July, raising more than £1,800 to be split between Rennie Grove and homeless charity Open Door.
Gardens attached to the predominantly Victorian and Edwardian style properties on Alexandra Road, Alma Road, Bedford Road and Inkerman Road put on a stunning display of flowers and plants in hanging baskets, troughs, tubs and window boxes as part of the ‘be creative with your space' and 1990s theme.
On Sunday July 10, winners were announced and presented with their prizes at the White Hart Tap. Judges, including representatives from event sponsors Aylett Nurseries, local councillor Chris White and Michael the postman, had ranked the top-performing gardens from first to fourth.
Residents in Inkerman Road took first and second place with displays in Alexandra and Bedford Road gardens securing third and fourth place. Thanks to event sponsors, Aylett Nurseries, the top four gardens won vouchers totalling £215 to spend at the nursery just south of St Albans, which also offered a 20% discount to all ‘Roads in Bloom’ entrants. To mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, Aylett Nurseries also awarded a special prize this year to Paul and Georgia of Inkerman Road, for the best display associated with the number '90'.
Thanks to the event sponsors, entrants and organiser David Glanville, this delightful local scheme has raised enough to fund more than 30 hours of specialist care in patients’ homes or at Grove House. In addition, Aylett Nurseries vouchers to the value of £150 were donated to Rennie Grove volunteer Sue Hobley, for her to buy plants for the gardens at Grove House.
Special thanks to the wonderful sponsors:
Daniel Le-Fort, Supplier & Carpet Fitter Tel 07799401570.
The Pudding Stop.
Aubrey & Finn Estate & Letting Agents.
Sophie Trinder, Independent Hair Stylist.(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Charlie's Coffee & Company.
Joel Saunders at Verulam Golf Club.
John Gordon Motors.
La Cosa Nostra.
Buonigiorno Italia Deli.
Relaxback. Com, Mike Dilke Tel 01727-757221.
Countrywide Signs (St.Albans & High Wycombe).
The Odyssey Cinema . Tel 01727-453088.
Neal's Yard Remedies.
Tomoka Spirits Boutique.
Tesco Metro, St. Peter's Street.
The White Hart Tap Pub, St Albans.