YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to venture into the world of gardening following Cumbria in Bloom. 

Judges viewed exceptional gardens in the School category of this year's competition - the organisation that promotes horticulture in the county is encouraging youngsters to visit a garden this summer.

As the school holidays begin, Cumbria in Bloom is promoting the many open gardens in the county as the perfect place to spend a day during the long summer break.

Chair of Cumbria in Bloom, Ronnie Auld said: "We have been amazed by the quality of the gardening being done by young people across Cumbria.

"The Schools Category of Cumbria in Bloom is always encouraging for us, as these young gardeners are the future for Cumbria in Bloom.

"To help inspire these young people, we are suggesting family days out to the wonderful gardens we have to visit in Cumbria.

"We have turned over our social media to suggest a local garden each day where the whole family can enjoy discovering more about horticulture."

Cumbria in Blooms Facebook and Instagram platforms will be continuing to share ideas for where to take the children and grandchildren throughout the summer.

Information about the work of Cumbria in Bloom is available on their website