PRIZE-WINNING gardeners were recognised for their hard work and creativity at an annual competition.
The best gardens, allotments and plant baskets were judged on Tuesday at the Ryhill and Havercroft Annual Community Gardens and Allotments Competition.
Richard Simms, of Willow Drive, won the award for best garden, after judge Mick Duffield praised its colour, landscaping and eco-friendliness.
Mr Duffield said: “The garden is always welcoming. I feel I’m being drawn back and don’t want to leave, it seems to have a calming affect on your mind.”
Zara Tyler and Ian Pidsey won best allotment for a well-presented patch.
And Henry Vamplew won first prize in the containers and baskets category, for covering so much of his house walls with colourful plants.
Mr Duffield added: “Community spirit is still strong after eight years of the competition, but I would like to see some sponsorship from local businesses to encourage the competition to grow.
“I hope the weather is not as bad next year, but it was still a pleasure to judge. It shows how hard work can achieve a nice garden or allotment even in a very wet year.”
In the gardens category, Harry Vamplew came second, Nancy Watson third and Frank Johnson and Les Whitford were both highly commended.
Mr Johnson came second in the containers and baskets category, and Nancy Watson third.
And in the allotments category, Harry Crawshaw came second, Mick Wood third and Trevor Sale and Eric Bashforth were both highly commended.