Spring Spectacular

Gardening is often referred to as Britain's favourite pastime, but one couple in the West Midlands go the extra mile.

A couple who created ‘Britain’s best garden’ have outdone themselves this year with a Spring spectacular bursting with colour after spending lockdown tending to their oasis. The picture shows their garden in Walsall, West Midlands, exploding with pinks, reds, greens, and purples which the couple say is the most stunning display they have ever known.

Retired medical doctor Tony Newton and his wife Marie have managed to find space for 3,000 plants and flowers, including 450 azaleas, 120 Japanese maples and 15 blue star junipers in their quarter-acre garden.

The couple have spent 38 years transforming their little slice of heaven and, thanks to online deliveries, have continued to plant Acers and camellias during lockdown. Although, in good news for less avid gardeners in England, garden centres are set to re-open on Wednesday 13 May.

The couple have won several awards, including being crowned the winner of Britain’s Best Garden. The garden has become so popular it even features in unofficial tourist trails of the Black Country.

Tony says, “We’ve had over 14,000 people from 48 different countries come and visit our garden over the years but this year we might not be able to open which is a shame.”