Ronald Oliver beat off challenges from people across the North East to win the annual Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) pot plant competition.
The 71-year-old, who lives in Windy Nook, Gateshead, spends hours tending his garden each week and all the hard work has paid off with the £50 prize he has received for first place.
He said: “I only moved into my home just over a year ago and the garden needed a lot of work doing to it.
“I removed three ton of stone from the garden and spent a lot of time getting my grass right and planting various flowers and shrubs.
“All the dry weather we have been having meant has the hosepipe has been in use a lot but I am delighted with how the garden now looks and it is nice to have your hard work recognised in this way.”
The pot plant competition, which is open to residents living in the 1,700 homes owned and managed by the housing association across the North East – is always very competitive, and this year was no different.
The standard of entries this year was very high and judges had a hard job awarding the prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Second prize went to Margaret Foster, of Gray Court, Easington, and third prize went to Allan Pallister, of Leech Court, Easington.
DAMHA Chief Executive Paul Mullis said: “Last year we were surprised at how good the gardens were despite of all the rain and this year the problem has been the opposite, with not enough rain, so it was fantastic to see so many fantastic entries.
“The competition is important to us as it encourages our residents to take pride in where they live, and in Mr Oliver’s case it was a major achievement to produce such a lovely garden in just a year.”