Proud grandson wants Christine to be rewarded

UNUSUAL Luke Coates loves his grandmother's 'garden chair' in Woodcot Crescent, West Leigh
UNUSUAL Luke Coates loves his grandmother's 'garden chair' in Woodcot Crescent, West Leigh
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BEAMING Luke Coates is proud of what his nan has done to her garden – so he’s supporting her bid to become Bloomin’ Marvellous.

Luke, five, has taken a liking to the ‘garden chair’ in the yard behind his nan Christine Allen’s flat in West Leigh.

Christine, 63, decided to turn the old armchair into a habitat for wildlife when she found out her neighbour was going to ditch it.

‘I’m big on recycling so I decided I would make good use of it,’ Christine said.

‘I’ve cut holes in the armchair and put plants inside.

‘It’s quirky and adds something different to the garden.

‘When my grandson first saw it he took one look at me and said “you’re silly nanny”.

‘But now he loves it.’

Christine, who shares the space with neighbours in a block of flats, has entered it into The News’ garden competition Bloomin’ Marvellous.

She reckons the garden, which has more than 400 pots containing flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees has got what it takes to win.

She even uses kettles to grow plants in.

The winner will pick up £100 in gardening vouchers from Garsons Garden Centre in Titchfield.

There’s also a second prize of £50 in vouchers and the third place garden will win £25 worth of vouchers.

Christine added: ‘It’s a family garden. Luke loves riding his bicycle and playing football in it. He also helps me water the plants.

‘It would mean a lot to me if I won this competition.’

Christine said she would probably use the money to treat Luke and his mum Emma Allen.

To enter, post a photo of your garden to Bloomin’ Marvellous, Features Department, The News, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX, or e-mail it to