Richmondshire District Council

Garden competition winners 

Green fingered Richmondshire residents have come top of the league in the district’s annual gardening competition.

And with a year’s gap because of the Covid pandemic they were asked to make their gardens look extra ‘blooming lovely’ for the judges. All council tenants gardens are eligible for the competition which looks to find the best gardens, window boxes, tubs, baskets, borders and vegetable patches. 

They are judged in the five areas of the district: Central, Garrison, Lower Wensleydale, North Richmondshire and Upper Dales. There are prizes for each area.

“The standard of gardens never disappoints us,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale, “It was wonderful to see the district looking so beautiful again after our year off in 2019. We have some previous winners but also some new gardens in the prizes this year which is good to see.”

The prizewinners are:


First prize: Mervyn and Rosemary Beattie, from Richmond; Second prize: Mrs Vivienne Mackey, from Richmond; Third prize: Robert and Tina Leonard, from Richmond


First prize: Michael and Megan Clark, from Catterick Garrison; Second prize: Derrick Brown, from Catterick Garrison; Third prize: Douglas and Susan Todd, from Richmond

Lower Wensleydale

First prize: Betty Yare, from East Witton; Second prize: Trevor and Dee Davis, from Middleham; Third prize: Christine Jones, from Leyburn

North Richmondshire

First prize: Jeffery and Doreen Palferman, from Melsonby; Second prize: Terry and Faith Spence, from Eppleby; Third prize: Clarence and Jean Blewitt, from Aldbrough St John

Upper Dales

First prize: Graham and Rosemary Frankland, from Reeth; Second prize: Eric and Susan Turner, from Reeth

Blooming lovely garden competition winners Mr Brown and Mr Clark
Garden competition winners from Catterick Garrison Mr Clark (on the right) and Mr Brown (on the left)
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