Traditional gardening cup, not awarded for 30 years, reinstated by Bradford Estates

A gardening cup which has not been awarded for nearly 30 years will be up for grabs again to residents of Bradford Estates with its managing director Alexander Newport reinstating the traditional competition.

Alexander Newport and Matthew Kent
Alexander Newport and Matthew Kent

The Bradford Estates’ Garden Challenge Cup has sat on the shelves at the Estate office since 1992, but following everyone’s gardening efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic it has been decided to bring it back. 

“With the lockdown, people have had more time to spend in their homes and we thought it would be a good idea to bring back this traditional competition and celebrate the lovely gardens all over the Estate, from Blymhill to Weston-under-Lizard and Tong Norton,” said Alexander.

The cup was originally awarded by Alexander’s grandfather, the 6th Earl of Bradford, in 1952 to employees on the Estate. It was highly competitive and came with a lot of kudos on the Estate, with winners being invited to the Earl’s office and receiving a cheque for £50 or £25 for runner-up prizes.  

Engraved on the 70-year-old cup itself are all the former winners of the competition. 

The last winner in 1992, and overall five-time winner, was the late Richard Nott, the Earl’s chauffeur who lived within Weston Park.  

Another five-time winner was Estate carpenter, Mr C R Seabury, who lived in  Weston-under-Lizard. Gardening was his hobby and his passion was to live self-sufficiently growing his own fruit and vegetables. 

Seven-time winner Mr W Hughston lived in Blymhill and whilst his garden was quite big, it was always full and immaculate. 

“The cup is a rich part of the Estate’s history and we are opening it up this year for all residents to enter,” said Alexander.

The size of the garden is irrelevant and there will be only one category which will encompass colour and interest, sustainability and overall aesthetics. The first prize winner will be awarded the cup for 12 months and a cheque for £200, whilst second and third prize will receive a cheque for £100 and £50 respectively.  

Any tenants on the Estate wishing to enter should notify the Estate Office before the closing date of Thursday, June 25. Gardens will be judged by the Estate Gardener, Matthew Kent, on Monday, June 29 with a presentation by Lord Newport on June 30.

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