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Winter is coming! Winners have their gardens spruced up

Published: Wednesday, 25th October 2017

Gardeners get to grips with 2 hour tidy up for garden waste winner.

Eric and Thomas from our gardening team with winner Nigel Murray.

Two Pendle residents have won professional garden tidy-ups thanks to a competition open to everyone on Pendle Council’s green bin scheme.

One of the winners, Brierfield resident Nigel Murray, said:

“I’ve been on the garden waste scheme since the beginning and find it useful and good value.

“It saves us time as you don’t have to take your garden waste to the tip!”

Nigel added:

“I was shocked when I heard we’d won the garden tidy up – I didn’t even know we were automatically entered!”

Eric Phair and Thomas Johns, two of Pendle Council’s experienced gardeners, came out and did a two hour professional tidy-up to prepare Nigel’s garden for winter.

Councillor David Clegg who leads the Council’s Environmental Services explained: “Our team of gardeners are now offering their services to help local people spruce up their gardens.

“This competition gave our team a chance to show what a difference they can make in such a short time.

“They’re green-fingered experts in tree maintenance, turfing, grass cutting, hedge trimming and keeping shrub and flower borders looking good,” he added.

Keith Higson, who’s in charge of Pendle’s park gardeners, said:  “Anyone who’d like to find out about our gardening services can ask us for a free quotation without obligation.”

“Simply visit our website or give us a ring on 01282 661600.

“Because of our experience and equipment, we can carry out small and large gardening jobs for residents, businesses and organisations such as schools and sports clubs, too,” he explained.

Eric, who’s worked as a gardener for Pendle Council for 18 years said:

“We’re enjoying working in smaller gardens for local people as well as taking care of Pendle’s  beautiful parks and other public greenspaces.

“Although our team has been doing this for years, we take enormous pride in it - and you get used to the weather!” He added.

Nelson resident, Anne Martindale was also picked out at random to win a garden tidy up and the team removed an old tree stump & levelled her front garden.

Anyone who’d like to see if Pendle Council can add them to the garden waste rounds to tackle the deluge of autumn leaves and garden waste all year round, can fill in an online form on or ring 01282 661743.