Woman’s garden is ‘tourist hotspot’

by Julia Bradley on September 30, 2013

An award-winning garden in York has become so popular it is now part of the city’s unofficial tourist trail.

Yorkshire’s county city already boasts several visitors attractions; such as York Minster, The Shambles, Jorvik Viking Centre, the National Railway Museum, York Dungeon and York Theatre Royal.

And now it seems Sharon Beadnell’s garden can be added to that list.

A growing number of visitors are being spotted taking photographs of her garden as they pass by. Ms Beadnell won her fifth prize at York Housing Association’s annual garden awards this year as her vibrant garden in Bishophill was selected as the best small garden.

She started gardening when she moved in 13 years ago and says the interest from tourists is “just fantastic”.

She said: “It gives me so much pleasure tending it and it’s wonderful that others are able to enjoy the fruits of my labour too.”

Ms Beadnell claims getting her plants to grow was easy.

She said: “I have two tomato plants which are bearing fruit that have grown from tomatoes that I threw out for the birds.”

Association chief executive Julia Histon said: “The standard has been wonderful and all the gardens are a credit to our tenants.”

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Julia Bradley

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