A pensioner from York has been shortlisted for a gardening award. Joan Jarmain, who lives at Anchor’s Gwendolen Court in Boroughbridge, was nominated by her 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.

Mrs Jarmain 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.”

Gregory Clayburn, who appreciates Joan’s work in the gardens, said: “Joan has turned a patch of garden where there was once a pond, which had been filled in, into a superb looking rockery - all by herself. Thanks to her motivation and hard work, we now have wonderful gardens at Gwendolen Court.”

Another neighbour, Pat Watson, added: “Joan has single-handedly transformed two overgrown rockery areas, spending hours digging out tree roots and weeds. She has covered the cleared space in grey slate and pots of plants and bulbs, so the garden is now a joy to see. She really is a green-fingered star.”

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 Gwendolen Court please call 0345 140 2020 or visit www.anchor.org.uk

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