A man from Newcastle has spoken of his devastation after an allotment fire killed his prized birds.
James Matthews, 69, lost his plot at Coach Lane in Hazlerigg to the flames which broke out on 13 July.
The 150 racing pigeons, 20 chickens and the shed full of equipment were worth around £10,000, Mr Matthews said.
The retired telephone engineer said much of his time is devoted to tending to the plot.
A spokesperson for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “At around 3.48pm, a crew from Gosforth was called to the Elliott Walk allotment.
“A further two appliances were sent from Gosforth and West Denton.”
The fire service said a wooden building was “severely damaged” while pigeons and chickens were killed. The fire was extinguished by three jets.