Top award for gardener George

Brighouse in Bloom summer judging. 'George Collins garden in Woodhouse area of Brighouse. He speaks to judges Beatrice Myers and Gemma Kelmanson

Brighouse in Bloom summer judging. 'George Collins garden in Woodhouse area of Brighouse. He speaks to judges Beatrice Myers and Gemma Kelmanson

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FABULOUS fuchsias, perfect petunias and pansies along with a carefully manicured lawn and a selection of home grown fruit and have won gardener Mr George Collins recognition for years.

The pensioner‘s colourful corner plot in Shaftsbury Avenue, Brighouse, is a regular winner in the Brighouse in Bloom competition organised by the 3Bs - Build a Brighter Brighouse group.

And this year to mark his continual high standards judges who toured the area in July looking for prize winning gardens and floral displays decided to award him a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence.

Secretary of the 3Bs, Mr Bill Terry, said year on year George’s garden continued to amaze and impress judges. “This year he has a total of 2,500 plants in his garden,” said Mr Terry. “Many of them are grown from seed. The attractive display is a credit to him and many people go on a detour just to see his impressive garden.”

His green fingered talent has passed on to his daughter Jean who lives with her husband John Crowther in Armitage Avenue, Brighouse, and they are also among this year’s winners.

Whinney Hill Park residents Malcolm and Patricia Keene have also been recognised in the annual competition. They have an attractive garden outside their bungalow on the Brighouse estate.

A stunning display of hanging baskets outside the Clough House pub at Rastrick has earned the pub an award and school children from five Brighouse schools have also been included among the winners. They are St Chad’s CE, Hove Edge, St Joseph’s RC School, Brighouse, St John’s CE, Clifton, Carr Green Primary, Rastrick, and Brighouse High School. All the schools have created their own garden areas where they grow flowers, fruit and vegetables and some of the children have filled wheel barrows or other containers with colourful blooms.

Awards are also being made for community planting and winners include the Busy Bees group at St Martin’s Church, Brighouse, Sunny Bank Tenants’ Association, Brighouse, and Calderdale Council for its continual high standard of work in Wellholme Park, Brighouse.

“The standards throughout Brighouse improve year by year,” said Mr Terry. “It is always a pleasure to tour the area and see the attractive displays.”

Awards will be presented to winners at a ceremony in Brighouse later this month.