A grandmother from Attleborough has been highly commended for a gardening award. Mary McTaggart, 70, who lives at Anchor’s Holly Court in Surrogate Street, was nominated by 10 neighbours for her hard work in the communal gardens.

Over 600 nominations were sent in for Anchor’s Happy Living Awards for those who live with Anchor who is England’s largest not for profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in May with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.

Mary McTaggart, who has lived at Holly Court for three years, is thrilled to be highly commended in the Green Fingered Customer category. She said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated – even once is a huge compliment, so I am really bowled over. I love gardening as it keeps me fit, and it brings me great pleasure when others get enjoyment from the communal gardens.”

Nona Hall, who appreciates the work that Mary has carried out in the gardens, said: “Mary is the most fantastic asset to Holly Court.
“The first thing she asked when she moved here from Greece was, ‘can I help in the garden? I will really make it mine.'

“I am very happy to help when it comes to assisting, but as far as plants and their positions and seasons go, I have no idea – but Mary is a real superstar.

“Mary has turned the garden at Holly Court into a beautiful oasis, and I think she deserves recognition for all the passion she has put into it.”

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