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Island In Bloom 2004 13 October 2004

Maughold has been named overall winner of the Island In Bloom competition 2004.

The Department of Tourism and Leisure, which co-ordinates the competition, is informing prize-winners this week.

Tourism Minister David Cretney said:

"Every year the standard of cleanliness and floral features around the Island improves and I will present a number of awards to various local authorities and individuals next month. I am grateful to all of them for their efforts. However, in the opinion of the local judges, Maughold was a clear winner and I am delighted that Maughold Commissioners have indicated that they are happy to represent the Isle of Man in the Britain In Bloom finals next year.

"Ramsey achieved a silver award at this year's finals in the coastal resort category and they have previously received a bronze award. It's a hard act to follow but I'm confident Maughold will do the Island proud. Aside from the awards, we all benefit from communities participating in the competition in terms of the improvement to the Island's environment."

Award-winning towns in the Island In Bloom 2004 include Douglas, Ramsey, Castletown and Peel in the towns category, and Laxey, Andreas, St John's and Ballaugh as well as Maughold in the villages. All will discover which standard of award they have achieved at the awards ceremony next month.

The Department is grateful to Bloom judges Hazel Magee and Joyce Corlett for their painstaking work in touring and judging all the entries.

Amongst the individual categories, RH Corkill and Co of Ramsey (towns) and Ballacraine Farm, St John's (villages) won recognition for the excellence of their premises, while best garden prizes will go to Elsie Kelly, Port Erin, and John Quilliam and Dorothy Christian, Castletown (towns) and to Robin Hampshire, Maughold, and Alan Vokins, Glen Maye (villages). Winners for the best large gardens are John and Hazel Lace, of Maughold (villages), and John Green, of Ramsey (towns).

All winners will be invited to the Island In Bloom awards ceremony on November 3.

The Britain In Bloom competition, under the auspices of the Royal Horticultural Society, aims to encourage communities to make long term improvements to their local environment. Each year all local authorities on the Isle of Man are invited to participate in the Island in Bloom competition, which is co-ordinated by the Department of Tourism and Leisure, and the overall winner goes forward to represent the Island in the Britain In Bloom finals. Previous RHS Britain in Bloom competition finalists include St John's village which received a bronze award.

Other Winners

Hotels/Guest Houses


  • 1st, Imperial Hotel, Douglas
    1st, John & Mavis Moore, Orchard House, Derby Road, Peel
  • 2nd, Maureen Hooper, Matlock House, 16 Castle Mona Avenue, Douglas


  • 1st, Ruth Cannell, Farrants Fort, St Judes, Andreas
  • 2nd, Jim Hamer & Jackie Grigson, Queens Hotel, Laxey


  • 1st, Greens Restaurant, Bank Hill, Douglas
  • 2nd The Sidings Public House, Castletown

Shopping Area



Public/Community Area



Business Premises



  • 1st, Doreen & Hubert Kermeen, Ballacraine Farm, St John's
  • 2nd, Robert Cowin Ltd, Quine's Hill, Port Soderick

Individual Householder's Garden

Small Garden


  • 1st, Elsie Kelly, Threeways, Ballafesson Road, Port Erin
    1st, John Quilliam & Dorothy Christian, 1 Scartlett Close, Castletown
  • 2nd, Jean & John Alker, 40 Ballachrink Drive, Onchan


  • 1st, Robin Hampshire, Geay Vooar, Dreemskerry Road, Maughold
    1st, Alan Vokins, Hillside, Glen Maye
  • 2nd, John Kennaugh, Ravenstone, Main Road, Colby
    2nd, Wilson Gibb, Ambleside, Main Road, Glen Vine

Large Garden


  • 1st, John Green, 36 Claughbane Drive, Ramsey
  • 2nd, Jonathan Irving, Meadow Court, The Link, Douglas Road, Peel


  • 1st, John & Hazel Lace, Thallow Rees, Dhoon, Maughold
  • 2nd, Bertie & June Radcliffe, Scrondall, Ballaugh Glen, Ballaugh

Best Community Project


  • 1st, Residents of Kerroo Glass, Lezayre Estate, Ramsey
  • 2nd, British Legion Garden, Castle Quay, Castletown


  • 1st, Cooil ny Chibbryr Residential Home, Andreas
  • 2nd, Millennium Scented Garden, Andreas
    2nd, Pinpound, Main Road, St John's

Special Prize Goes To:

Ballaugh School for their gardening project.

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