GREEN-FINGERED gardeners are celebrating after their expertise and acumen helped them scoop top spots in a prestigious competition.
Dozens of imaginative and inspirational entries wowed the judges during South Derbyshire District Council's annual Can You Dig It awards.
Open to all of the area's 3,000-plus council tenants, the contest is designed to recognise those going above and beyond to spruce up their homes and communities.
Winners in 10 categories were presented with prizes during a ceremony attended by the council's chairman Pat Murray at Swadlincote Town Hall.
Jim Hewlett, chairman of housing and community services, said: "It's always inspiring to meet people who are so proud of their achievements.
"The amount of effort that went in to the competition is phenomenal and we are extremely lucky to have so many keen gardeners across the district.
"I'd like to congratulate everyone who entered the contest for taking such pride in their environment as well as making our communities better places to live and visit.
" The standard of entries was bigger and better than ever before."
The roll call of winners includes:
Best front garden – Peter Clough, of Moira Street, in Melbourne;
Best rear garden – Pauline Ferris, of Oakleigh Avenue in Newhall;
Best vegetable garden – David Godfrey, of Springfield Road, in Repton;
Best small garden – Eric Fairbrother, of Hall Street, Church Gresley;
Most improved garden – Sarah Eames, of Lichfield Avenue, in Midway;
Children's category – Lucie Eames, of Lichfield Avenue, in Midway
Best tubs, pots and baskets – Walter Hall, of Church Street, in Church Gresley;
Best garden feature – Andrew and Doreen Pegg, of Hartshill Road, in Hartshorne;
Best communal garden – Mick Wain, of Church Street, in Church Gresley; and
Highly commended garden feature – Judy Guest, of Maple Road, in Midway.