Triumph for gardening duo

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A green-fingered husband and wife team have been celebrating after scooping the top spot in an annual garden competition.

Marion and Bill Telford, both 73, proudly collected their trophy for the Best Kept 
Garden at a ceremony held at Ripley Town Hall.



The town’s annual Best Kept Garden and Allotment competition saw hundreds of keen gardeners sprucing up their shrubbery in a bid to win the title.

The triumphant duo, of Bridle Lane, Ripley, said it was an honour to have earned the title for a second time.

Marion said: “We are ecstatic with the win. We 
entered the competition back in 2010 and won, so we thought it would be worth 
another shot this year. We have a big garden so it was hard to maintain. Bill did a lot of the heavy lifting, and I made things look pretty – we are a team.”

Marion and Bill’s prize-winning garden features a vegetable patch, two ponds, two greenhouses and an 
array of colourful plants and flowers.

The competition, 
sponsored by Central 
England Co-operative Society, was judged by Mayor Roland 
Emmas-Williams, Deputy Mayor Tony Lester and 
Co-operative representative Chris Beal.

Cllr Emmas-Williams said the judging panel had a difficult time selecting the winners.

He said: “There were so many entrants this year, all to a very high standard. I would like to thank everyone who took part, and urge people to get involved next year.”

Winners of both 
categories received a 
Co-operative voucher worth £60, £30 for second place, and £10 for third place.

Marion said they would be using the voucher to put 
towards their weekly food shop.

She said: “It will be nice to be able to go and buy a few nice treats with our voucher, the cupboards will be nicely stocked.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and urge people to get involved next year.”

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