A RETIRED gardener who helped to brighten up a village with his green-fingered skills has been awarded for his colourful flower tub.
As previously reported in the Mail, Elwick Parish Council launched their own Love-A-Tub campaign, urging people in the village to adopt unused flower pots.
The tubs were brought into Elwick when the village competed in the Britain in Bloom competition, but recently have been left alone.
Parish councillors wanted to bring some colour back to the village and encouraged residents to adopt a tub and bring them back to life.
The take-up was excellent and a competition was set up to find the resident with the most colourful and creative tub.
Judges looked at the pots in the village and the winning prize was given to 85-year-old Matthew Hutchinson.
The retired farmer and dad-of-two, who lives in Elwick with his wife Mary, also 85, said: “I was very pleased to find out I had won.
“Gardening is my main pastime, I spend all my time out in the garden.
“I found out about the campaign in the village and wanted to take part.
“The weather hasn’t been as kind to us as it could have been, but I am still quite pleased with how the tub is looking.”
Matthew was awarded a gardening voucher for his winning tub.
Elwick Parish Council member Jo Londesborough was instrumental in setting up the campaign.
Jo, 42, who lives in the Paddock with her husband Derek, and three children, Ben, 12, Emma, nine, and seven-year old Luke, said: “A lot of people took part and the tubs around the village are looking absolutely lovely.
“There are lots of flowers and it is looking much, much better than it was. The response has been fantastic and I would like to thank everyone who got involved.
“Matthew’s tub was out on display on North Lane and it looked lovely, it is obvious a lot of effort has gone into it.”