Community thanked for blooming borough

Green-fingered residents are set to be honoured at the annual North Tyneside in Bloom awards ceremony.

Celebrating those who have brought a splash of colour to the borough, 42 winners from the gardening contest will attend a glittering ceremony, being held at Gosforth Garden Centre.

Judged throughout July and August, North Tyneside in Bloom 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 150 entries across the 15 categories.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “North Tyneside is a beautiful place to live, work and visit and it wouldn’t be possible to maintain such an attractive borough without the help of the community.

“I would like to congratulate and thank all those who entered into the ever-popular competition. The standard was extremely high and we had a very difficult job picking the winners.”

Malcolm Scott, of Burradon, winner of the conservation and wildlife garden category for the fourth time, added: “It feels great to come first in this category; gardening is my hobby and it’s always nice to be rewarded for your hard work.

“I am particularly interested in conservation and wildlife – I’ve really enjoyed creating different habitats in my own garden and it’s good to know you’re making a contribution to the environment.

“I’m looking forward to the awards night – it’s fantastic to see other people’s efforts.”