Green fingered gardener takes bronze for efforts

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Green fingered Wetherby resident Pat Normington has been rewarded for her efforts in the prestigious Leeds in Bloom.

The pensioner, of Kirk Deighton, has long held a passion for gardening and she was rewarded with a bronze medal in the Best Small Garden category.

Pat said: “I’m over the moon with my bronze medal.

“There were about 200 medals presented that night at Leeds City Hall and it was a lovely night.

“I enjoy gardening and find very therapeutic and it is not hard work to me.”

Pat has taken part in the Wetherby Methodist Church open gardens event in the past and often gardens for her neighbours.

Coun Jack Dunn, member for the environment who handed out awards, said: “We are extremely keen through our ‘in bloom’ awards to recognise those residents, groups and organisations that do such a great job in keeping our communities looking so great.

“This time it was the chance specifically to celebrate a range of groups including our green fingered businesses, churches, schools, care homes and residents who keep their gardens looking so great across the city, and once again the entries we received really were of the highest standard.”

Other Leeds in Bloom winners from the Wetherby area included Mrs Ann Irish of Barwick in Elmet and Rona Rowsby of Wetherby.