Green-fingered donation

William Reed.
William Reed.

A green-fingered resident in a Skegness care home has entered a blooming lovely competition to improve the grounds for those that live there and others in the community.

William Reed, 92, donated £130 of his own money to begin the work at Barratt Court on Lyndhurst Avenue, and this has been boosted with donations from Morrisons, Lyndhurst Garden Centre and Dee’s convenience stores, Skegness,

The competition is organised by HICA as part of its Shine activity programme. Judges came to see the grounds before any work had been done and they will return in July to judge the changes. If Barratt Court wins, then a £500 prize will blossom into something that will benefit all of the residents who live there.

Senior carer Michelle Russell said: “William has lots of ideas and he has been working very hard. In addition to building flower beds, he is also working on sculptures of the Clock Tower and the Jolly Fisherman which will also have flowers but it is still very much a work in progress.”

The competition sets the challenge of taking a small or large space and transforming it into a garden of Eden for the community to enjoy as well as residents.