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Colourful gardens in York win official recognition
GREEN-FINGERED tenants of a York housing association have won official recognition for their colourful gardens.
York Housing Association has staged its annual garden awards, with one resident, Sharon Beadnell, picking up an award for the fifth time.
Sharon, whose colourful garden in Trinity Lane, Bishophill, has been chosen as the best small garden, took up gardening when she moved in 13 years ago.
She said her garden had become part of York’s unofficial tourist trail.
“I’ve noticed that there has been a steady increase in tourists taking pictures of the garden as they pass by, which is just fantastic,” she said.
“It gives me so much pleasure tending it and it’s wonderful that others are able to enjoy the fruits of my labour too.”
Sharon, who has a 20-month-old son, Oliver, said she didn’t have any trouble getting plants to grow.
“In fact, I have two tomato plants which are bearing fruit that have grown from tomatoes that I threw out for the birds.”
Pharmacy worker John Roberts also has the right prescription for growing beautiful blooms, with his magnificent arrangements securing him first prize for best hanging baskets at his home in Lichfield Court.
When John moved into his home three years ago, the garden was completely overgrown but now he has transformed it into a haven of colour.
John, who grows his plants from seed and has scooped the award for three years running, said: “I’ve always had a keen interest in gardening and the hanging baskets have been particularly good this year.”
Association chief executive Julia Histon, who presented the awards, said: “Everyone who entered the competition this year is to be congratulated.
“The standard has been wonderful and all the gardens are a credit to our tenants.”