COUNCIL gardeners are forging ahead with their summer planting programme, despite the recent poor weather.

Richmondshire District Council has taken delivery of more than 11,000 bedding plants and staff are busy preparing 15 sites across the district for a splash of summer colour.

"From a small horse trough in Richmond, to council-run sheltered housing in Leyburn and Bainbridge, we'll be there to put in the plants and keep them under control throughout the summer for the enjoyment of visitors and residents," said Dave Lodge, who is in charge of grounds maintenance.

The jewel in the council's horticultural crown is Richmond's Friary Gardens.

About 8,000 plants will be arranged with military precision into the 22 beds and borders in the space of three days.

At the end of the season, the team will replace them with 11,000 bulbs and a similar number of bedding plants ready for the spring.