Both Thoresby Hall and Gunton Hall were recently given the challenge of entering gardening competitions. Thoresby Hall won gold for the Best Hotel Garden in East Midlands in Bloom and Gunton Hall (picture above) was the winner of the Best Hotel Garden in Anglia in Bloom!
The gardens were judged on a range of criteria; colours, design, appropriate choice of plants and innovation were taken into consideration. Horticultural practise was also judged, watering, dead-heading and weeding were important and signs of appropriate feeding where necessary were observed. Good quality plants, obviously flourishing with no obvious signs of pests, diseases or deficiencies along with appropriate size for planting situation, appropriate soil type were also closely examined.
Sustainability was a key element in which judges were looking out for. Ensuring ecological functions, processes, biodiversity and productivity can be maintained and only using resources at a rate at which they can be replenished naturally was required. The teams had to take into consideration the balance of permanent/sustainable planting vs. seasonal/bedding plants at the timing of displays.
A considerable section of the judging criteria was environmental responsibility. This element is constantly considered at Warner gardens to ensure we are caring for our environment efficiently. Both teams from Thoresby Hall and Gunton Hall had to take into consideration the efforts made to preserve and maintain their gardens. Ensuring that the gardens are well preserved and are in keeping with the historic features of the property and local heritage were very much judged.
The Grounds Team at Gunton Hall consist of Head Groundsman Bowen Riches, two full time members and two part time members; Simon Cozens-Poll, Jill Day, Vicky Reeve and Callum Harris. Bowen has been gardening at Gunton Hall for 5 years, Simon 14 years, Jill 10 years and Vicky and Callum 3 years. Years of hard work went into the competition and each day on site to maintain the wonderful gardens at Gunton.
Bowen Riches said –
‘At the beginning of June we were told the judges will be visiting us on the 18th July. The couple of weeks leading up to it myself and the team put long hours into the grounds to make them look the best they could possibly be. I also called in on the site’s value chain; I had housekeepers, chefs and waiters all out on the gardens helping to make the site look good. We are very proud of the win!’
The Grounds Team at Thoresby Hall is made up of 5 members who together have over 35 years of experience maintaining the fantastic gardens at Thoresby Hall.
General Manager at Thoresby Hall said;
‘I’m proud of our Grounds Team that have been awarded a Gold Award in the East Midlands in Bloom Best Hotel Garden Competition, this award was followed by the team’s Silver Award in 2015. It’s a great boost!’
The Grounds Team at Thoresby Hall.
Top Tip – At Gunton Hall we say we are a woodland site with lots of different areas including a landscaped Walled Garden/ rose garden, village square, putting green, pitch and putt and a 5 acre lake – it’s really not to miss!