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Pensioner who created dazzling garden on wasteland told to let it go to waste

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Thanks for Retuning!

Gloria Kersh, 69, has transformed an area disused grass outside her council home over the last decade Photo: ARCHANT SYNDICATION

Gloria Kersh, 69, has transformed an area of disused grass outside her council home over the last decade.

She has grown foxgloves, Christmas roses, wild violets and even a berry bush from her mother’s funeral wreath.

But Havering Council have now written to Miss Kersh, from Harold Hill, Essex, to warn that she must return the area to its original state.

Estates officer Jeff McCarthy told her in a letter: “Whilst I can see the work carried out by you is to a good standard it was carried out without prior permission and if this was requested authorisation would not have been given.”

Miss Kersh said she could not understand the decision and said her work would benefit the council financially.

“Gardening is one of my main pastimes,” she said. “I just like pottering around cutting the grass, tending the flowers and tidying up the cigarette packets and bottles people throw away.

“I just can’t understand for the life of me why they’re doing this – this is for everybody’s benefit, not just mine. We’re all mainly elderly around here and everyone does like it.

“No one wants to stare at some shabby grass and a wall. And at the end of the day we’re saving the council money because they don’t have to look after it.”

Dina Fitzgerald, a neighbour of Miss Kersh, said: “Gloria’s flowers are really pretty and now they want to destroy her garden for some reason.

“Has the council lost all their common sense? We just can’t understand what they’re trying to do.”

Cllr Lesley Kelly, cabinet member for housing, said: “The letter was sent in response to concerns raised by neighbours that this area was being used as a private garden – but it’s fair to say that the letter was a bit premature.

“We don’t want to stop people being public spirited, but we also need to respect the wishes of other neighbours.

“So we’ll write to the residents of Dorking Rise to ask if they’re happy for Miss Kersh to tend the flowerbeds for everyone’s enjoyment and if they are, we’ll be happy to agree this with Miss Kersh.”

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