Gran is a blooming credit to Peterlee

Mayor of Peterlee Ron Curtis presents with her trophy Janet Allen in her award winning garden.
Mayor of Peterlee Ron Curtis presents with her trophy Janet Allen in her award winning garden.

A GREEN-FINGERED gran is blooming with pride after winning an annual gardening competition.

Janet Allen walked away with a trio of prizes during this year’s Peterlee in Bloom event, including overall winner, fifth best garden and best container.

The 65-year-old’s stunning display at her home in Buckingham Road, Peterlee, caught the eye of judge Ross Weightman and she was paid a visit by Mayor of Peterlee, Coun Ron Curtis, who called at her home to present the prizes.

Janet, who has been gardening for 45 years, since she got married to Kenneth, 65, was encouraged to enter by her granddaughter Sophie Allen, 15, who filled in the form and got her gran to sign it.

“I would never have entered it otherwise,” said the mum-of-two and grandmother-of-three.

“I do it for my own pleasure, but my granddaughter said ‘you’ve got such a lovely garden, it would be a shame not to enter’.”

Janet, who fits in gardening around her book-keeping job, added: “I’m over the moon, I couldn’t believe it.

“My father and grandfather were keen gardeners, I have always been brought up with a nice garden.”

She won cash, three certificates and a rose bowl, which she will return to competition organisers Peterlee Town Council next year. Janet, whose garden features a raised border, gravel paths and her favourite begonias, said: “I suppose I will enter next year.”

She joined Mayor Curtis in urging others to take part in next year’s event.

Other winners in the garden section included Audrey Atchinson, Mr Bate, Mrs White and Margaret Speckman, as well as winners of the hanging basket, best container, water feature, newcomer and Mayor’s favourites sections.

Winners were invited to a presentation lunch at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites.

Mayor Curtis said: “If it was up to me I would have given all the gardens first place.We were going into ordinary houses and their gardens were like stepping into a wonderland. The entries were unbelievable, a credit to Peterlee.”