KEEN gardeners aimed to leave their rivals green with envy as they took part in an allotment open day in Renfrew.

Plant and food growers gathered at the Paterson Park allotments to have their creations assessed by a judging panel.

Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP Gavin Newlands, Renfrewshire North and West MSP Derek Mackay, Renfrew Community Council chairperson Effie McGachie and Ian Scott, of Erskine Community Allotments, all cast their eyes over the colourful masterpieces on show.

And there was some extra entertainment from Mr Mackay, who was spotted playing a guitar amongst the greenery.

The overall winner was Ian Broadfoot, who also bagged the floral display title, but Mr Newlands said the contest was tough to judge.

He added: “I had almost as good a time as the bees at Paterson Park.

“Congratulations go to overall winner Ian Broadfoot in what was a tough competition, with lots of fantastic plots.

“I can confirm there is no truth in the rumour that Derek Mackay can play guitar. There was a sort-of tune there somewhere.”

The allotments are situated off Ferry Road, near the Braehead Medical Practice.

There are more than 30 plots and visitors are welcome throughout the year.

Alongside the competition, guests at the open day were able to enjoy a tombola, face painting, a raffle and a variety of stalls.

Mr Newlands added: “It was a really well attended event.”

Anyone who is interested in taking on an allotment at Paterson Park should call May Munro on 0141 886 4694.