Residents urged to get behind Belsay bid

A NORTHUMBERLAND tourist attraction is urging residents to back its bid for a new national title.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens has been cited as one of the top ten finest gardens in the UK after making the shortlist for the first ever Countryfile Magazine Awards.

As well as featuring an impressive array of different shrubs and flowers, Belsay also includes a unique quarry garden which transports people into another world of steep ravines, lofty pinnacles and exotic plants.

Head Gardener Jo Hindhaugh said: “We’re delighted and very proud that Belsay Gardens has been shortlisted and are urging people to show their loyalty support by voting online before the closing date of June 1 to help make Belsay number one in the country.

“Everyone involved in the upkeep of the gardens should be proud of their efforts for making Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens such a stunning and much loved attraction in the North East.”

People wanting to cast their vote for Belsay can do so by visiting www.countryfile.com/awards

Voters can find out more information about the English Heritage site by clicking on the Britain’s finest gardens section.

Voters will also be entered into a free prize draw for a holiday in Exmoor.