A Bradford pensioner has been shortlisted for a gardening award. Ernest Cornish, who lives at Anchor’s Peaselands retirement housing scheme in Shipley, was nominated by seven neighbours for his 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.

Mr Cornish is thrilled to be shortlisted for the Green Fingered Customer Award. He 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.”

Neighbours Jean and John Watmough, who appreciate Ernest’s work in the gardens, said: “We have lovely peaceful gardens complete with beautiful flowering tubs which are all kept and tended perfectly by Ernest. He orders, plants and waters everything – all from his wheelchair (he is an amputee of both legs). We so appreciate Ernest creating these wonderful displays for us and think he deserves an award.”

Another neighbour, Margaret Moore, added: “Ernest’s flower tubs bring pleasure to our community. From his mixed displays for spring and summer to his lovely winter pansies, every time we go outside we have colour to cheer us all up, even on the gloomiest days.”

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 Peaselands please call 0800 731 2020.

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