The reintroduced Ashington Gardens Competition has unexpectedly unearthed a community of young gardeners, greenhouse enthusiasts might be interested to hear.
After seeing the number of entries double this year, judging for the competition – which took place last week – was spread over two days in order to ensure nothing was missed.
Head judge Cyril Brown told the Ashington Journal was delighted with the new gardeners that turned up, which showed that the town is full of talented horticulturists.
Mr Brown also gave some of the younger gardeners advice, saying: "Never be afraid to ask to have a look at someone's garden and ask for advice – we like nothing better than comparing notes and sharing what we've learned over the years."
The competition has only been up and running again since last year after the council received a deluge of enquiries from local residents.
The youngest winner of an award was 12-year-old Lewis Bond which will encourage schemes such as the National Trust's Wild Child programme aimed at getting more children into the garden.