Is your garden a blooming beauty?

Kevin Fail in his garden with Councillor Tracey Dixon.
Kevin Fail in his garden with Councillor Tracey Dixon.

Green-fingered residents are being encouraged to enter South Tyneside’s annual gardening competition.

The Shoots of Success competition, run by South Tyneside Homes, is open to anyone living in the borough. Those who enter will be in with a chance of winning up to £50 of shopping vouchers to spend on their home and garden.

Whether residents are expert gardeners with luscious lawns and rows of flower beds or they are complete novices with a small square of land, some hanging baskets or a window box, everyone is invited to get their entry inby the closing date of August 21.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “I’m sure there are plenty of residents who have been busy tending to their gardens over the summer.

“Whether they have given their outdoor space a complete overhaul or simply just ensured it is well cared for and tidy, if they have a garden to be proud of then we would encourage them to enter the contest so they get some recognition for their efforts.

“Having a lovely garden is not only nice to enjoy in the warmer months, it helps to make the area where they live look cleaner and brighter.”

The annual competition was previously aimed at South Tyneside Homes’ tenants, but has been extended this year to all Borough residents to encourage more people to get involved in creating attractive outdoor spaces which help to brighten up their local communities.

In previous years, Kevin Fail has created has planted c wildflowers in his garden in Maple Grove, Whitburn. He said: “I’m a keen gardener and tried to do something a little different a couple of years ago by planting some wildflowers. They have come through again this year and people often comment on how nice my garden is when they walk past. ”

To enter the competition, submit two photographs of your garden, with your name, address and contact details, to

Or post pictures to Involvement Team, South Tyneside Homes, Strathmore, 11 Rolling Mill Road, Jarrow, NE32 3DP.

The top gardens will be shortlisted and visited by the judging panel, which will select the overall winner and two runners up later in the summer.

The closing date for entries is Friday August 21 .

Caption: Kevin Fail in his garden with Councillor Tracey Dixon.