Close-up of courgette plant leaves and flowers with a burgeoning courgette, against a backdrop of potting containers filled with soil.

In a marvellous display of horticultural skill, a group of disabled gardeners triumphed in this year’s Sompting in Bloom awards, clinching first place in the Blooming Community category.

Sompting in Bloom is a yearly gardening competition run by Sompting Parish Council and sponsored by Sompting Estate. This year, local gardeners put their skills to the test across six categories.  

The Blooming Community category, which was awarded to a group with the best ideas or progress in growing food or flowers together, was won by a group of disabled gardeners from Independent Lives’ carers respite service. 

Our carers respite service provides activities for older people, people with support needs, and those living with dementia, which in turn, gives their carers some time and space to themselves.  

Catherine Goldsmith, Day Activities Coordinator of the carers respite Service, was thrilled at the win, stating, “We’re all really excited to have won the Blooming Community award. Our gardeners have all worked hard to grow some delicious veg and I’m so pleased their efforts have been rewarded.”