The judging of the Annual Saddleworth in Bloom competition took place on Tuesday 31st July 2018. The panel of judges consisted of the Chairman of the Parish Council and the Chairman’s Lady, Councillor Rob Knotts and Mrs Lesley Knotts, the Vice Chairman of the Parish Council and the Vice Chairman’s Lady, Councillor Paul Fryer and Mrs Aileen Fryer and the Clerk to the Council, Pam Bailey. Paul Bailey accompanied the judges and took photographs of all the entries.

The following categories were judged:

  • Small Garden (under 125 square metres);
  • Medium Garden (over 125 but under 250 square metres);
  • Large Garden (over 250 square metres);
  • Container Garden;
  • Community Garden; and
  • Best Blooming Pub.

The judges’ decision was as follows:


Small Garden                           Jean Phillips, Grotton

Medium Garden                       Dr Eammon and Pauline O’Daly, Uppermill and William Dean and Eileen Lousin, Dobcross (joint winners)

Large Garden                           Glynis Bruce, Denshaw

Container Garden                     Ann Smith, Dobcross

Community Garden                  Outram Mews, Uppermill

Best Blooming Pub                   The Old Bell, Delph

Highly Commended:

Small Garden                            Les Chapman, Delph and Christine Foy, Greenfield

Large Garden                            David Haines, Grasscroft

Container Garden                     Brenda Whitehead, Delph

Community Garden                  Anne Coude, Greenfield

Best Blooming Pub                  The Old Original, Scouthead


Small Garden                           Mr and Mrs P. McCarthy, Springhead

Best Blooming Pub                  The Swan, Dobcross

The judges commented that the standard of entries was very high and their decision had not been easy. However, the number of entries was, again, disappointingly low which could have been due to the effects of the very bad winter and/or the extremely dry summer. They offered their thanks to everyone who took part and said that they hope to see an even bigger competition next year. The Clerk added that a review of the format of the competition will be undertaken to try to encourage more people to enter next year.



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