Ethel has green fingers

Ethel Richardson, Nursery Assistant at Heighley Gate Nursery &Garden Centre, with her certificate for outstanding contribution by an individual to Northumbria in Bloom.
Ethel Richardson, Nursery Assistant at Heighley Gate Nursery &Garden Centre, with her certificate for outstanding contribution by an individual to Northumbria in Bloom.

A GREEN-fingered garden centre worker is celebrating after winning a prestigious horticultural award.

Ethel Richardson, who works as Nursery Assistant at Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre near Morpeth, has recently been presented with an accolade for her involvement in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition.

She received the Bob Woolley award for Outstanding Contribution By An Individual after working on numerous projects, including helping to plant a flowerbed at Abbeyfields First School in Morpeth back in June to mark the school’s golden jubilee.

The 48-year-old, who has been working at the centre since 1993, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with my award. It is a great honour.

“Northumbria in Bloom is a fantastic competition as it brings communities of all sizes together and helps to improve the environment. I’m delighted to have been recognised for my work.”

Heighley Gate has supported Morpeth’s bloom bid for several years by supplying containers, hanging baskets and troughs for the main shopping streets in the town centre.

General Manager Roger Wale said: “Ethel is well known by our customers and she is an integral part of our team.

“Morpeth’s Northumbria in Bloom entry really brings the local community together and we are thrilled that Ethel has been recognised for her commitment to the cause.”