Gold gardening award for green-fingered Grace

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A Lancaster yoga teacher has taken time out from her day job to scoop a gold medal for her gardening skills.

Grace Benson, 64, was awarded the prize in the Lancaster City Council annual gardening competition’s bungalow category after overhauling the garden at her new home in Langdale Place.

Grace said:c “I only moved in a year ago and the place was a mess.”

“It hadn’t been gardened for many years, so absolutely everything needed doing, including the lawns and hedges.

“It was a case of digging over and starting again from scratch. I had never gardened before and had only had a few pots, so this was my first chance to work properly on a garden in my 64 years.

“I had quite a lot of help with digging for instance, which I can’t do after a bad parachuting injury 30 years ago, so my kind friends, the Jenkins family from Derwent Road, did the digging for me and helped me lay the lawns.”

Grace has now transformed her garden and is growing flowers as well as herbs and vegetables.

She said: “I have most culinary herbs and grow cucumbers, potatoes, lettuces, spring onions, beans and peas, all mixed in with nasturtiums, roses, sweet peas, daisies and a giant globe artichoke.

“It was hard work but really fulfilling.”

Grace will be presented with her award and a £50 B&Q voucher at a special prizegiving lunch next month.