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A community in North Tyneside has been making headlines around the world after their back yard became the centre of a council dispute.
The council in Whitley Bay had given residents an award for their floral display, but then told them their blooming street garden had to go because of health and safety.
Watch the full report from Gregg Easteal below.
North Tyneside Council have released the following statement in response to complaints from local residents that they have been asked to remove their plants.
The council has said that the planters on Rockliffe Avenue in Whitley Bay are causing an obstruction of the highway.
North Tyneside gardeners who won awards for sprucing up their street have said they have been asked to remove hundreds of pots because of health and safety concerns.
For the last six years people living in Rockcliffe Avenue, Whitley Bay, have nurtured hundreds of plants in front of their homes.
Last year they won first place in the North Tyneside in Bloom contest in the community category for their planters.
However, following a complaint, the council investigated and said the planters are causing an obstruction of the highway.
It said the individual pots should be replaced with standard containers which "comply with the safety requirements."