Garden of the year

8th February 2017 | posted in News

Gardening for over 70 years has paid off for a York man after he won Railway Housing Association’s annual gardening competition.

Alan Hall is the second York resident in two years to win our Best Kept Garden competition.

The 83-year-old, who lives in Murrough Wilson Place, was judged to have the best kept garden in the competition, which was open to all residents living in our homes in the North East and Yorkshire.

There was a record number of entries for the competition, which was judged by the Association’s own residents.

Mr Hall, who loved to York from London in the 1960s, said: “I started gardening when I was just seven and it’s something I have enjoyed doing ever since.

“I like my garden to look nice so as well as flowers and plants, I also have lots of garden ornaments.

“I try to get out into my garden every day during the spring and summer, even if it’s just for a short time just to keep on top of things.

“I wasn’t expecting to win but knowing my garden has been judged the best makes me feel very proud.”

Mr Hall was presented with his prize – a trophy, £50 worth of high street vouchers and a plant – by Andrea Abbott, Railway Housing Association’s Director of Customer Services.

She said: “You only have to look at Mr Hall’s garden to see how much time and effort he puts in to make it look nice.

“The residents who judged this year’s competition had so many amazing gardens to choose from, but Mr Hall’s really stood out.

“It’s pleasing to see so many people taking such pride in their gardens and we would like to thank everyone who entered.”


The award was sponsored by construction and property consultants Hall and Partners.

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