Celebrating Salisbury's gardens and allotments!

Celebrating Salisbury's gardens and allotments!

Published at 11:12am 26th September 2019.

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An awards ceremony has been held to recognise the city's best scarecrow, gardens and allotments.

The event, held at The Guildhall last week, aimed to celebrate green-fingered residents across the city.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor John Walsh presented the awards.


The winning creation of the Scarecrow Competition was 'Rita', cleverly made from scraps to highlight the issues around single use plastics and recycling by residents of Braemar Lodge

This competition was judged by the Mayor who admitted it was a difficult task picking a winner.

Scarecrow rita Salisbury City Council


Lesley King, Head Gardener of Braemar Lodge and Bob Skutt, retired Deputy Groundsman of Salisbury City Council judged the gardens competition which this year ranged from colourful back yards to pub gardens

Bronze, Silver and Gold awards were given out to entrants of the City Garden Competition. 

  • Gold was awarded to John Reardon and Keith and Kathy Lawrence for their respective gardens.
  • Silver went to The Old Ale House among others.
Lawrence Garden Salisbury City Centre 2019
Keith and Kathy Lawrence's winning garden.

You can see the full list on the City Council's website.


Many certificates were given out in the Allotment Competition.

Wardens at the allotment sites had nominated Best Newcomers and Best Achievers and each site had a first, second and third. 

The overall winner this year was Richard Shaw of Warres Acres.

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Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr John Walsh with allotment competition winner, Richard Shaw of Warres Acres site and sister, Christine Shaw, who helped him with the plot.
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