Double gong for promising Buckingham Parade gardeners in Thornbury
7:02pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
PENSIONERS from Thornbury who took it upon themselves to spruce up their front lawn have been rewarded tenfold after picking two gardening awards.
Merlin tenants at Buckingham Parade in Thornbury formed a gardening society to take over grass-cutting outside their homes following a dispute with the social landlord over fees.
With Merlin's support, they eventually formed an official gardening club.
Just two years on, they have moved on from mere grass-cutting to planting and landscaping with remarkable results.
Their effort did not go unnoticed and they have now scopped an award at the South West In Bloom It's Your Neighhbourhood contest and a silver medal at the Thornbury In Bloom community competition.
Pete Mainstone, one of the founders of the gardening society, told the Gazette: " We are only in our infancy. We are very very pleased. We now have 16 members.
"We have gone beyond just cutting grass. We have taken on some back gardens as well. And there is planting.
"Merlin are so pleased with our efforts."
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