Sunderland growers’ prize picks go on display

David Woodward, from West Boldon,  with two of his winning collection of six vegetables at the Sunderland Horticultural Shop, Seaburn Centre.
David Woodward, from West Boldon, with two of his winning collection of six vegetables at the Sunderland Horticultural Shop, Seaburn Centre.
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PRIZE picks of the allotment were out on show as gardeners from across the country put the best of the vegetables and flowers on display.

Sunderland’s Horticultural Show was hosted at Seaburn Leisure Centre, with the city’s mayor Robert Heron handing out the top titles to the winners.

Produce was auctioned off, with money raised from the sale going to his chosen charities.

Societies and craft stalls were also set up during the weekend.

Coun Heron, a keen gardener who grows his own produce on an allotment in Houghton, said:

He said: “Gardening and growing flowers and vegetables is always rewarding and it was interesting to see how entrants across all the categories have coped with the warm and sunny weather this year.

“Thanks go to the members and supporters of the societies, arts and craft exhibitors, community groups and individuals who put so much effort into these shows.”

The popular Sunderland in Bloom competition is also now open with judging through this month and September.

It has classes for the best household garden, for businesses, pubs and schools.