Event continues to bloom in borough

Lesley Thornton in her award-winning garden.
Lesley Thornton in her award-winning garden.

Green-fingered residents have been ensuring their creative talents have been blooming.

More than 100 entries were submitted in the North Tyneside in Bloom competition.

Among the winners was Lesley Thornton, of West Moor, who claimed first place in ‘Large Garden’ and ‘Grow Your Own at Home’.

Lesley said: “I was absolutely thrilled to win – knowing the judges think your garden is just as lovely as you do is wonderful.

“I’m a keen gardener and grow all sorts organically, from beetroots to sweetcorn and cabbages and peas. Any I can’t use or freeze, I love to give away.

“I’ve been entering the two categories for three years, so I’m really pleased my efforts have paid off and I’ve finally achieved the double.”

A celebration evening will be held on October 8 to congratulate and award the winners from the 16 categories.

Coun John Harrison, a cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “It really is great to see so many residents of the borough getting involved and making an effort with their gardens.

“It is always exciting to see all the different entries each year and they just never cease to amaze.”