A COUPLE’S dig for victory has won them a top title for their gardening efforts.
Margaret and Peter Stout, from Horden, have been hailed as part of the search for the best kept garden led by East Durham Homes (EDH) to showcase the hard work put in by its tenants to keep their gardens in good shape.
The Stouts were presented with a £50 voucher to spend on their garden, with a £25 shopping voucher added to their prize.
Anthony Dobell, from the competition’s sponsor, Daisy Landscaping, helped judge the entries, which have more than doubled since last summer.
He said: “Mr and Mrs Stout’s garden really stood out to me.
“What’s more, when there’s an attractive garden in the neighbourhood, it makes others want to follow suit.”
The judges said the Stouts’ garden impressed them with its wide range of colourful plants, with the warm summer helping them enjoy it with their great-grandchildren.
Margaret said: “I was over the moon when I found out we’d won the competition. We really enjoy gardening. Everyone should give it a go.”
Stuart Wood, senior estate and regeneration officer with EDH, said: “It’s great to see how many beautiful gardens there are in the area.
“We hope by showcasing the winner and runners-up of this competition, it encourages all our customers to keep their garden tidy.”
Runner-ups in the challenge were Elizabeth Anderson from Peterlee and John Walker from Seaham, who each won £10 shopping vouchers.