A green-fingered couple from Ferryhill have won DAMHA’s annual gardening competition.
Patricia and Karl Kavanagh took first prize in the 2016 Pot Plant competition.
Their garden, in Deanbank, Ferryhill, was deemed the best of the dozens of entries which were received for this year’s competition.
Patricia said: “We were so pleased when we discovered we had won because, having seen the standard of gardens which have won in the past, it was so unexpected.
“Gardening is my main hobby so it’s nice that someone else has recognised the work I put into it. I start planting before the spring so, along with the perennials, there’s colour in garden nearly all year around.
“I probably spent a few hours each day in the garden, pruning, cutting and just ensuring everything looks good, and I get lots of help from my Karl who is responsible for watering. We couldn’t be happier.”
Karl and Patricia, who have received £50 for winning the competition, came third in last year’s competition and are now busy planning to retain their title 2017.
Second prize in this year’s competition went to Melvyn Worthington, of Crook, while third prize was shared between Jack Rudd, also of Crook, and Janice Heeley, of Witton Gilbert.
DAMHA President Gordon Parkin, who judged the completion alongside Vice-President Steve Fergus, said: “The job of judging gets harder every year but we were in unanimous agreement that Patricia and Karl were worthy winners.
“If we could we would award prizes to everyone, as all the gardens were so nice and we would like to thank everyone for making such an effort.
“The pot plant competition has been running for a long time and it never ceases to amaze us how popular it is and how much work people put in their gardens.”