Linkage Green commercial premises in Mablethorpe is the best in region

Celebrating their efforts are the Linkage team, pictured with members of the In Bloom committee and mayor of the town Graham Cullen.

Celebrating their efforts are the Linkage team, pictured with members of the In Bloom committee and mayor of the town Graham Cullen.

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The gardens at Linkage Community Green Café in Mablethorpe have been named as the best commercial premises in the region by East Midlands In Bloom.

Judges chose the gold award winning café and gardens based in Stanley Avenue and run by learning disability charity, Linkage Community Trust, from 13 other premises out of the region.

This included tough competition from others including Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough and Springfields Gardens in Spalding.

The work of planting thousands of shrubs and bulbs and maintaining the bowling green falls on a small team of Linkage clients with learning disabilities, led by instructor Ian Patrick.

He said: “I am over the moon, especially for the lads here. We always try to come up with some imaginative planting scheme and the focal point was a boat this year, to fit in with the café’s new brand identity.”

Linkage Chief Executive Ges Roulstone said: “The award is testimony to the dedication of the grounds maintenance team.

“The gardens are so colourful and a pleasure to see. Cafe customers love to visit to enjoy the peaceful and superb surroundings.”

Karen Froggatt, chair of the In Bloom committee in Mablethorpe, expressed her delight following the linkage green success.

“We’re so delighted at the area’s success, including the win for Linkage Green. Ian and his team do an amazing job in Stanley Avenue,” she said.

The judge described the planting schemes as both bright and attractive, making a big impact on the street scene. The bowling green was said to be immaculate and the adjacent lawns were well maintained.