JUDGES of one of the UK’s biggest gardening competitions have been in the region to look at its floral displays.

Durham is going up against cities from across the country in the annual Britain in Bloom competition.

Judges visited the city on Tuesday to look at floral displays across Durham’s roundabouts, parks and public spaces.

Durham county councillor Brian Stephens, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with how the city is looking. I’m very hopeful we will do well this year thanks to all of the hard work which has gone into the In Bloom competition. I’d like to thank all of the staff and volunteers for making this city such a magnificent sight for visitors and residents like.”

Judges visited Wharton Park, Durham Cathedral and the botanic garden and met some of the volunteers who help with the city’s displays.

Judge Brendan Mowforth said: “Thank you for inviting us to have a look around your beautiful city. We are very impressed and we have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

He added: “We’ve had a wonderful day, seen wonderful things and the weather has been perfect.”

The winners of Durham BID’s best dressed window competition were also announced, with prizes for LA Designer Flowers, Woven, Andersons of Durham, Rupert and Buckley, Old Tom’s Gin Bar and St Cuthbert’s Hospice shop.