Villagers make a bloomin’ good effort in new contest

Greatham resident Pam Difford with her prize-winning "unusual planter".
Greatham resident Pam Difford with her prize-winning "unusual planter".

Green-fingered residents showed community spirit is alive and well in their village when a new competition was a big success.

People in Greatham answered a call by the Greatham In Bloom group to come up with as many unusual objects to grow plants in they could think of.

One of the "unusual planters" Picture by FRANK REID

One of the "unusual planters" Picture by FRANK REID

All the entries were put on display in one place and the winners picked on the same day that judges from Northumbria In Bloom competition made their final inspection of the village.

Among the entries included miniature wheelbarrows, a ceramic boot and basket-turned pram.

Organisers were thrilled with the level of entries for the inaugural competition.

Dorothy Clark, of Greatham In Bloom, said: “We saw this somewhere else and thought what a jolly good idea, we could make it into a competition.

We had no idea what a success it would be having never done it before, but it went wonderfully well.

Dorothy Clark, Greatham in Bloom

“We had no idea what a success it would be having never done it before, but it went wonderfully well and we had 25 entries. It is just something extra to show the community spirit for Northumbria In Bloom.”

The planters were all put on display in Greatham Post Office’s garden. The winner was made out of an old washing machine drum. Second place was taken by a watering can and third went to a converted frying pan.

The Greatham in Bloom group will learn how the village has fared in the village category of Northumbria in Boom, the regional branch of Britain in Bloom.

Dorothy added: “The village was looking absolutely stunning. I would like to thank everyone who turned out to help and did something towards it.”

One of the "unusual planters" Picture by FRANK REID

One of the "unusual planters" Picture by FRANK REID

The results will be announced in September.

One of the "unusual planters" Picture by FRANK REID

One of the "unusual planters" Picture by FRANK REID