Green-fingered residents honoured in Ashington

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

Thursday, 12th September 2019, 1:27 pm
Updated Friday, 20th September 2019, 6:41 pm
Coun Lawrence Henderson, and the winners of the Ashington Garden Competition 2019.

More than 30 gardeners took part in the annual Ashington Garden Competition 2019, organised by Ashington Town Council.

Now in its tenth year, judges included councillors Marjorie Chambers and Avril Chisholm plus expert gardeners Bob Bell, Richard Timson and Chris Lang.

The competition was supported by the Wansbeck Garden Centre & Cafe.

Lynn Scott's winning garden.

At the recent awards evening, held at Ashington Cricket Club, Ashington Civic Head Coun Lawrence Henderson presented trophies to the winners.

The overall winner was Lynn Scott who also won the category for 'Best Large Garden'. The judges were impressed not only by the design but also the mix of plants and vibrant colours within the garden.

Other winners were Thomas Shepherd for 'Best Small Garden’, James and Lilly Graham for 'Best Senior Citizens Garden', John and Viv Gibson for 'Best Disabled Person’s Garden', Chris Kennedy for 'Best Allotment' and a Special Award was made to Wanless Fenwick for the 'Best Hanging Baskets'.

The 'Best Commercial Property' was won by Bishops NCEA Josephine Butler Campus with the judges recognising the time the schoolchildren had given in both developing and maintaining the garden within the school.

Coun Mark Purvis, business chair of Ashington Town Council, 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 and that gardeners make a significant contribution to improving the town’s appearance and environment for the benefit of all residents.”