Youngsters shine in allotment show

SOME of Monkseaton’s youngest gardeners showed who had the greenest fingers at the weekend when they entered the Red House Farm Allotments annual show.

Ten-year-old Jack Storey came first in the three identical blooms category, beating some of the adult gardeners.

Jack’s in to surf and turf as when he is not gardening he is on Tynemouth’s Long Sands with his surf board.

Jack’s sister Grace, age 13, won the best seed tray garden competition using plants which are ‘bee friendly’.

“I read about the decline of bees and insects and wanted to encourage people make their gardens places where insects can thrive,” she said.

Eight-year-old Anna Lea baked the best cake, again against adults, and stuck to the rule that there had to be a vegetable in the ingredients.

Her courgette and chocolate cake was so delicious there was only one slice left when her photograph was taken.

Despite her cookery talent, Anna wants to be a police officer not a chef when she grows up.

Tom Lea, 9, made the best vegetable monster.

“It’s a super flying bunny monster,” he explained.

More details about the Red House Farm Allotment Society can be found on the organisation’s website at