A York pensioner has been shortlisted for a gardening award. Jean Margaret Clark, 59, who lives at Anchor’s Barleyfields retirement housing scheme in Clifton, was nominated by neighbours for her hard work in the communal gardens.

Almost 300 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards run by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in August with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Jean Margaret is thrilled to be shortlisted for the Green Fingered Customer Award. She said: “I am over the moon to be up for this award. I love gardening as it keeps me fit, and it’s great to see others getting enjoyment from our communal gardens.”

Neighbour Doreen Pattison, who appreciates her hard work in the gardens, said: “Maggie took over looking after our garden earlier this year and throughout the summer it has looked lovely week in, week out – visitors always comment on it.

“She has created a lovely area for us to sit in, planting up colourful tubs and making a fragrant planted area out of a pile of old stones. She also placed decorative stones around the pond, the wishing well and the raised beds.

“Maggie is so clever, always knows what to plant and when. At the moment she is busy planting 100 spring bulbs. She works very hard in the garden, always cheerful, and deserves some recognition for her efforts.”

A customer panel will be coming together later this month to judge those shortlisted, and winners of the six categories will be announced in December.

For more information on Barleyfields please call 0345 140 2020 or visit www.anchor.org.uk.

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