Town’s top gardeners pick up bloom awards

Winners of Ashington Town Council's Gardens Competition.
Winners of Ashington Town Council's Gardens Competition.

Green-fingered residents in Ashington have been honoured for bringing a touch of colour to the town.

Winners of Ashington Town Council Gardens competition were honoured at an awards evening at Hirst Welfare where they were presented with their trophies and prizes by the Mayor of Ashington, Coun Lawrence Henderson, and the judging panel.

The town council thanked Natalie and Beverley Porteous from local garden centre Shades of Green for sponsoring this year’s horticultural competition.

Coun Avril Chisholm said: “It was a really difficult task to choose the winners for each of the categories as all of the gardens were stunning– it took us days to look at all of the entries and to agree on the list of prizewinning gardens.”

This year’s winners each received trophies and vouchers provided by the competition sponsors, Shades of Green Garden Centre.

The titles for Best Large Garden and Best Overall Garden were retained by Alan Beattie, who has set a high standard for competition entries.

A new entrant to this year’s competition was Simon Edgar, who won a special discretionary award for Best New Garden.

Mayor Henderson said: “The competition recognises the time and effort which goes into all of the gardens.

“The town council wants to help make Ashington a better place to live and work and we hope that events such as this will generate more interest within the community.”