THE THREE winners of the prestigious Belper in Bloom competition have been chosen.
The competition, run by Belper Town Council, was split into three categories — Best Front Garden, Best Hanging Basket/Window Box and Best Commercial Property.
All entrants were hoping to win a £25 voucher to spend on plants and shrubs at Dunge Farm Nurseries in Belper, courtesy of Katrina Mee.
Katrina was part of a three-strong judging panel alongside Richard Hodgkinson, an assistant landscape officer at Amber Valley Borough Council, and Belper News reporter, and former gardener, Rhys Thomas.
After travelling around Belper to view each entry, the panel retired to the town council’s headquarters on The Butts to make a decision.
The winner of the Best Front Garden was Terry Hallam, of Sandbed Lane, the Best Hanging Basket/Window Box went to Dave Orford, of Chesterfield Road, and the Best Commercial Property award went to the Lion Hotel, Bridge Street.
Mr Hodgkinson said: “I would like to thank all the entrants. It’s great to see so many residential and commercial premises blooming with their floral displays.
“The number of entrants made the judging such a challenge.”
Terry, 72, said: “I am absolutely delighted. It had gone out of my mind. I am thrilled to bits.”
Former world champion cyclist Dave, 81, joked: “Victory brought back memories of my world championship wins in cycling!”
He added: “I am delighted and also dumbfounded.
“It was quite out of the blue.”