Chesham in Bloom scooped three awards at this year's Thames & Chilterns in Bloom Regional Awards ceremony, including being crowned Best Large Town in the region.

The town was visited by representatives from the Royal Horticultural Society judges visited the town in July and commended the hard work of volunteers who worked to make the town aesthetically pleasing.

Alongside the Best Large Town, Chesham in Bloom also received a Silver Gilt award alongside a special award – Water: Too Much or Too Little.

The judges awarded the special award in recognition of the hard work from volunteers caring for the River Chess.

Judges also visited Brushwood School and awarded the school Highly Commended status in the Mark Mattock Schools Challenge Cup.

Judges Julie Graham and Wayne Palmer said: “The pupils have a really impressive understanding of all matters to do with allotments, vegetable identification and how to manage them in the environment”.

Alongside the awards given out at the Thames & Chilterns Regional Awards, individual awards for residents, businesses and schools were given out at the Chesham in Bloom AGM

A series of school’s received awards at the ceremony. The Len Voskins School Shield was awarded to Brushwood School for their school garden, with the Chartridge Combined School winning the Chairman’s Cup for their planted welly boots display.

The Griffin pub on Bellingdon Road won the Blooming Business competition, for their spectacular floral displays, including their new patio area.

The Container Competition was won by first-time entrant Kate Paxton for her yellow and blue themed window boxes, whilst the Hanging Basket category was awarded to Robert Wilson for his vibrant display of begonias.

The most hotly-contested category of the night was the Front Garden Competition. The standard of entries was incredibly high, despite the long, hot summer. Third place was won by Maureen East, with an exuberant, cottage-style garden.

Nicolas Hall took second place for a front garden packed with interest and lots of wildlife-friendly features. This year’s winner was James Smith, with his flawless borders packed with hot-pink, sunny yellow and tropical orange flowers, providing a stunning hit of summer colour.