Green-fingered challenge

RESIDENTS at a Pegswood estate are being urged to roll up their sleeves and dig out their gardening tools for a summer challenge.

The competition is open to all people living in Miller Homes’ developments in the North East, including Beaumont Court in the Northumberland village.

To participate, residents need to take pictures of their gardens.

The winner will receive £100 worth of plant vouchers, courtesy of Woolsington-based Cowell’s Garden Centre, a 4ft Acacia garden bench by designer Alexandra Rose and the accolade of being the best kept garden on Miller Homes’ developments throughout the region.

There are also prizes for second and third places.

Miller Homes North East Sales Manager Maureen Trotter said: “Gardening has always been a national pastime, but it has seen a resurgence over the last couple of years as more and more people explore the possibilities of growing their own herbs and vegetables and different varieties of plants in their gardens.

“We want to encourage our residents to actively develop their own piece of England’s green and pleasant land and make their garden more vibrant and welcoming, helping to make the overall development even more attractive to potential future buyers.”

BBC Newcastle gardening show presenter Marian Foster is one of the judges and she recommends keeping planting schemes simple by trying to stay to a colour palette and not using too many varieties of plant.

A maximum of two photographs will need to be submitted to your nearest Miller Homes sales office by Monday, August 29.