13 Dec 2015
A pensioner from Alnwick has been shortlisted for a gardening award. Christine Gibson, 76, who lives at Anchor’s St Pauls Court in Prudhoe Street, 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.
Christine Gibson, who has lived at St Pauls Court for eight years, 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.”
St Pauls was judged No 1 Retirement Complex in this year’s Alnwick in Bloom competition, and the Royal Horticultural Society with Northumbria in Bloom awarded it a grade of Outstanding Level 5 in 2014.
Joan Brown, Anchor’s housing scheme manager, said: “Chris has transformed the garden into a haven for everyone living here. She deserves recognition for all that hard work.
“Chris has made sure that every tenant can see flowers from their window, providing pots where there are no borders, so even those who cannot go out can admire the display. Often requests for various plants are made and, as if by magic, just what was asked for appears.
“Once the garden was just lots of grass, bushes and a few sad plants - now it is full of colourful displays all seasons of the year, and it’s all thanks to Chris.”
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.