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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Ulverston volunteer wins praise for church gardening

A VOLUNTEER whose constant gardening has helped keep her local church looking picturesque for two decades, has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston award.

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pick of the crop Heart Of Ulverston awards nominee, Elizabeth Thompson, in the garden at St Mary’s Parish Church, Ulverston

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For the second year in a row, Elizabeth Thompson has been recognised for tending the gardens at St Mary’s Church, in Church Walk.

Mrs Thompson, 69, of Ford Park Terrace, has been put forward in the Environmental Volunteer of the Year category sponsored by Poole Townsend.

Reflecting on 20 years of volunteering at the church she said: “The man who used to do the garden at the church had a pacemaker fitted and wasn’t able to do it for quite a long time.

“A request went out at one of the services if anyone would be able to help out and I volunteered.”

Mrs Thompson and her fellow volunteers work hard to ensure the church grounds are immaculate all year round.

Despite many changes, she has been ever present at the weekly gardening sessions and has been instrumental in attracting new recruits to the cause.

She said: “We have probably got the most people we have ever had and that’s through me asking people who we know to come and help out.

“There is a lot of work and we never quite have enough hands to do all there is to do.

“But we do try and a lot of people comment on how nice it is, not just people from the church but people who are passing as well.”

Mrs Thompson traces her love of gardening to her early years when she helped tend to the flowerbeds at her childhood home in Clarence Street, Ulverston, and said she would be “honoured” to win an award for contributing to her hometown.

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/ Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Visit the Evening Mail website to fill out a nomination form, or use the one opposite.

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