Kindly sponsored by Michael Jones Estate Agents, who provided the prizes and assisted with posters, entry forms and press photos, we announced our first Royal Front Garden Competition in early May.
With HM The Queen having celebrated her 90th birthday on 21 April 2016, celebrations across the UK took place over May - July. This year both the FVRA and Michael Jones Estate Agents also celebrate their respective 80th and 25th anniversaries so it was appropriate for them to encourage local residents to make their front gardens fit for a Queen whilst also beautifying Findon Valley in a colourful and highly creative way for everyone to appreciate
From the entries received it was a tough call for the two judges (from Wyevale Garden Centre and Michael Jones Estate Agents) who visited each garden, impressed with the very high standards, to decide on the final short list. When the judges got down to the 3 best front gardens 'fit for a Queen' they even struggled to decide on one winner so a joint first prize was awarded to two outstanding front gardens in Hollingbury Gardens and Cissbury Avenue. Both owners received a £50 Wyevale Garden Centre voucher. The runner-up prize - a bottle of champagne - went to the owner of a beautiful garden in Vale Drive
Worthing Herald featured the competition in their 11 August issue - read what they said!
Maggie Winter, FVRA Chairman, said: "This was our first garden competition we have been involved with and I was happy to see how many people joined in to enhance their gardens in an imaginative way. We are encouraged how successful it has been and will hopefully look at this as an annual event as we did for the Charity Fun Dog with the help of some enthusiastic local pet dog owners, which is now in its third year!"
Rachel Goff from Michael Jones said: "It was such a pleasure to help judge this competition and we were so impressed with the hard work and skill that went into the gardens that were entered. Findon Valley is a fabulous place to live made even more beautiful by the efforts of our local gardeners."
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