Green fingered neighbours in East Witton took top slots in Richmondshire’s annual gardening competition.
The District Council run competition saw Geoff and Betty Yare took top prize and Elizabeth Rawlin third place in the Lower Wensleydale area. And in the Upper Dales area Graham and Rosemary Frankland from Reeth retained their winning form for the third year running!
Council tenants in Richmondshire are encouraged to make their gardens look ‘blooming lovely’ for the competition to find the best gardens, window boxes, tubs, baskets, borders and vegetable patches. They were given a month to get their plots in top condition before the mystery judging.
They were judged in the five areas of the district – Central, Garrison, Lower Wensleydale, North Richmondshire and Upper Dales.
“We created this competition to recognise the efforts our tenants make to brighten up their streets and estates by creating and maintaining lovely gardens,” said Councillor Peter Wood, Member for Housing.
“As always the standard was very high. It was nice to see some new winners this year - as well as adding some new names to the list! Congratulations goes to them all.”
The prizewinners were:
Central: 1st - Mrs K Wakeham, Catterick Village; 2nd Mr P Johnson, Richmond and 3rd Mr and Mrs P Collins, Richmond
Garrison: 1st Mrs V Richardson, Colburn; 2nd Mr D Brown, Catterick Garrison; 3d Mr S Beattie, Colburn
Lower Wensleydale: 1st Mr G and Mrs B Yare, East Witton:, 2nd Mrs M Close and Mr K Thwaites, Leyburn; 3rd Mrs E Rawlin, East Witton
North Richmondshire: 1st Mrs O Scott, Melsonby; 2nd Mr R Carter, Croft; 3rd Mrs J Crowe, Newsham
Upper Dales: 1st Mr and Mrs G Frankland, Reeth; 2nd Mr and Mrs A Bastow, Reeth; 3rd Ms K Riddell, West Witton
Photo: Cllr Peter Wood (seated) is pictured with green fingered neighbours Mrs Yare (right) and (far left) Mrs Rawlin and Ward Councillor Rachel Allen with the rest of the garden competition winners