A blooming great show at annual awards

Lee Kirkbride, centre, with Chair of the council, Coun Gary Bell, and Mayor Norma Redfearn. Picture by Paul Nelson.

Lee Kirkbride, centre, with Chair of the council, Coun Gary Bell, and Mayor Norma Redfearn. Picture by Paul Nelson.

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Green-fingered residents have been honoured for helping the borough blossom.

Winners and runners-up from the annual gardening competition, North Tyneside in Bloom, were recognised at a special awards night.

Judged throughout July and August, the competition encourages people to showcase their gardening talents and outdoor improvements.

And from whole community efforts to individual residents, schools to businesses and large gardens to hanging baskets, this year’s competition attracted 76 entries across the 15 categories.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition, the quality of the entries was outstanding and it was very difficult to pick winners out of the categories.

“It is our aim to maintain North Tyneside as a beautiful place to live, work and visit and this wouldn’t be possible without the help of the community.”

One of the winners on the day was Lee Kirkbride, who claimed first place in the Individual Allotment category.

Lee said: “I am really delighted to have won first place.

“I’ve seen the very high standard that has been set and it’s clearly been a tough competition, but it’s also been a really great year for growing.”

With support from the Gosforth Wyvale Garden Centre, who sponsored prizes for the winners in each category, the competition is able to reward residents for their efforts in enhancing the appearance of the borough.