Young gardeners to show off greenfingers in Horsley Hill in Bloom contest

Groundwork and South Tyneside Homes garden project at Horsley Hill. 'From left Groundwork Rebecca Maw, STH Rosalind Doyle,  resident Janet Vacher, Coun Eileen Leask and Groundwork Justine Bryden
Groundwork and South Tyneside Homes garden project at Horsley Hill. 'From left Groundwork Rebecca Maw, STH Rosalind Doyle, resident Janet Vacher, Coun Eileen Leask and Groundwork Justine Bryden

South Tyneside gardeners can sow the seeds of success and come up smelling of roses in a new competition designed to make their neighbourhoods look blooming lovely.

They are being invited to show off their beautiful gardens and backyards for the Horsley Hill in Bloom 2015 contest.

Organised by community charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle and South Tyneside Homes, it offers the chance of prizes in four categories for the green-fingered.

They are best overall garden, best hanging basket or pot, best edible garden, excluding allotment, and tallest sunflower. All entries are welcome, and everyone is invited to show off gardens and spaces with floral displays and hanging baskets or neat and tidy lawns with ornaments or benches.

Andrew Watts, executive director of Groundworkin the borough, said: “This is a tremendous community-wide initiative that I hope will inspire very many Horsley Hill residents to get involved.

“Horsley Hill is a vibrant and colourful part of South Tyneside, and by walking around, you can see that there are already plenty of residents who take great pride in their gardens.

“This competition is a great way to bring people together with a common aim of enlivening and brightening their neighbourhood.

“Horsley Hill In Bloom is an exciting new initiative, and I hope it is very well supported.”

The closing date for entries is noon on Friday, July 24, with judging taking place in the first week of August.

The competition was launched with two events on Saturday, at which residents were helped to put together their own hanging baskets to take away and enter in the competition.

Children also got involved by taking part in face-painting and by decorating plant pots for their own sunflowers in Druridge Crescent and St Cuthbert’s Avenue.

Horsley Hill ward member Coun Eileen Leask said: “The competition is a great way of bringing the community together, young and old, to help make their area look lovely over the summer.

“We hope to see lots of local residents taking part and getting their gardens looking blooming ahead of the judging in August.”

Entry forms can be collected from Groundwork’s office, at the Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre, or downloaded from www.groundwork.org.uk/stan