A blooming good time for gardeners

Deputy Mayor Coun Victor Bridges with the winners along with Maureen Williams (Wansbeck Garden Centre); Coun Marjorie Chambers (Competition Judge) and Bob Bell (Guest Expert Judge).
Deputy Mayor Coun Victor Bridges with the winners along with Maureen Williams (Wansbeck Garden Centre); Coun Marjorie Chambers (Competition Judge) and Bob Bell (Guest Expert Judge).

Green-fingered residents have been honoured for their role in bringing a splash of colour to Ashington.

Ashington Town Council organised the seventh annual gardens competition, with the nominees attending a special awards ceremony at the town’s Cricket Club.

Organisers said the standard of entries was getting better each year, with judges including town councillors Marjorie Chambers and Bob Walkinshaw alongside Bob Bell as guest expert judge.

The competition was co-sponsored by Wansbeck Garden Centre, with Maureen Williamson from the centre attending the prizegiving.

The overall winner of this year’s competition was a quartet of neighbours who look after a shared garden – Kay Meredith, Robert Johnson and Jean and Ian Curran. They also won the category for Best Senior Citizen’s Garden.

The judges were impressed not only by the design of the garden, but with the vibrant colours of the plants used.

The other winners were Gillian Pallas for Best Large Garden, Viv and John Gibson for Best Disabled Person’s Garden, Chris Lang for Best Allotment, and John Herron for Best Small Garden. A Special Award was made to Paul Simpson for the Best Lawn.

Last of the main categories was for Best Commercial Property, which went to the Josephine Butler Primary Campus with two students – Riley Nichol and Abbey McMurdo – who help look after the garden picking up the prizes.

Coun Victor Bridges, Deputy Mayor of Ashington, said: “The town council is delighted that year after year, many of the town’s gardeners take part in the annual gardens competition.

“The awards evening recognises the gardening skills we have in Ashington which result in the wonderful gardens and allotments entered.

“Let’s not forget that these keen gardeners also make a significant contribution to improving the town’s appearance for the benefit of all of us.”