Region’s gardeners are blooming great

Competition winners are pictured at the home of Graham Frankland in Reeth.
Competition winners are pictured at the home of Graham Frankland in Reeth.

A gardener in Reeth has continued his blooming success by retaining his title in an annual competition.

Green fingered Graham Frankland retained his winning spot in Richmondshire’s gardening competition.

For the sixth year running he has taken first prize in the Upper Dales category for his colourful and well maintained garden in Reeth.

Council tenants in Richmondshire are encouraged to make their gardens look ‘blooming lovely’ for the competition which looks 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.

The prize winners were:

Central: 1st Mrs K Wakeham, Catterick Village; 2nd Mr P Johnson, Richmond; 3rd Mrs L Andrews, Richmond.

Garrison: 1 st Mr D Brown, Catterick Garrison; 2nd Mr and Mrs Clark, Colburn; 3rd Mrs J Linley, Colburn.

Lower Wensleydale: 1st Mr G and Mrs B Yare, East Witton; 2nd Mrs E Rawlin, East Witton; 3rd Mr R George, Hunton.

North Richmondshire: 1st Mrs J Crowe, Newsham; 2nd Mrs E Bondarenko, Melsonby; 3rd Mr and Mrs D Cole, Melsonby.

Upper Dales: 1st Mr G Frankland, Reeth; 2nd Mr and Mrs S Turner, Reeth; 3rd Mr and Mrs D Bastow,Reeth.