Experts field questions at Silsden gardening event (From Keighley News)

GREEN-fingered enthusiasts put their questions to an expert panel at Silsden.

Organisers of Saturday’s Gardeners Question Time-style event, at the town hall, hailed it a huge success.

Topics covered ranged from pest control and garden design to compost heaps and the cultivation of peaches.

The panel featured ITV gardener Katy Rushworth, Craven College lecturer Michael Myers, Steeton Plant People partner Pippa Chapman and the head of the Yorkshire Dales Flower Company, Susan Dobson.

Chairman was John Peet, who reminded the audience of Silsden’s long association with vegetable growing and that the event was taking place exactly 100 years after the first allotments were opened in the town.

“It went wonderfully well and there has been amazing feedback,” said Heather Murgatroyd, one of three women gardeners from the town’s Bolton Road allotment site who organised the event in conjunction with the Friends of Silsden Town Hall.

“The community was so appreciative of the help being offered to it by four experts freely giving their time and experience on our behalf.”

A plant and produce sale was also held and refreshments were served by volunteers from the Friends.

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