Proud George wins lifetime award for his luscious lawn

Much admired garden of George Collins, Shaftsbury Avenue, Brighouse
Much admired garden of George Collins, Shaftsbury Avenue, Brighouse

AFTER years of wowing the judges with his spectacular garden, George Collins has now been honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

The pensioner’s colourful corner plot on Shaftsbury Avenue in Brighouse, has been 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 have decided to award him a Lifetime Acheivement Award for Excellence.

The 3Bs secretary, 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. 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,” he said.

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.

The competition’s other winners included Whinney Hill Park residents Malcolm and Patricia Keene for their attractive garden outside their bungalow on the Brighouse estate.

A stunning display of hanging baskets outside the Clough House pub at Rastrick also earned an award.