Two North Devon villages have been recognised in the Best Kept Devon Village competition 2013.
The competition, which is run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers,
encourages villages to improve their local environment by caring for buildings and clearing litter.
Judges do not look for architectural merit, prettiness or an abundance of flowers but for villages which do the best with what they have got.
Nearly 40 villages took part from right across the county. There were five new entries. Villages are judged in four categories: Past Winners, Large Villages, Small Villages and New Entries
Frithelstockstone, near Torrington, is the runner up in this year’s competition for the Past Winner small village category while Parracombe, near Lynton, has been named as runner-up in the outstanding New Entry category.
The winning villages included Kilmington in East Devon for best Past Winner (large village) and Dalwood in East Devon for best Past Winner (small village).
Modbury won the Large Village category and the best Small Village title went to Offwell in East Devon while the outstanding New Entry this year went to Morchard Bishop in Mid Devon.