A GREEN-fingered couple who waited 17 years for an allotment plot have won a host of awards in a Sheffield gardening competition for their prize specimens.
Colin Wright and his wife Josephine, of Moorview Road, Woodseats, scooped gongs in the annual Sheffield Gardeners’ Federation awards.
The awards are presented every year to allotment holders from all over Sheffield.
Colin, aged 70, won the Eric Stanley Award for his allotment for the third year in a row - scooping second prize in the greenhouse category and first for his polytunnel.
The former sheet metal worker also won two golds and a judge’s certificate of commendation for his bright and colourful garden.
Colin said he created a display of tomatoes, pepper, aubergine, cucumber and fruit and was judged on three of the five elements.
Also taken into consideration were his specialist plants, carnations, cacti and succulents, along with his use of space and general tidiness.
Josephine, also 70, won third prize in the rose bowl competition for her arrangement of vegetables, fruit, apples and flowers.
The pair both tend their fruit and veg at Woodseats a allotments near their home.
Colin has been tending to his allotment since 1993 and says he’s addicted.
He said: “Some people are addicted to drugs, some to alcohol but I’m addicted to my allotment.
“It was a wonderful surprise to win. I didn’t think I could pull it off this year.
“I waited 17 years for my allotment and I go down there every day for about three hours.
“We never wanted two allotments - Josie used to have half of my plot, but then the man who looked after the allotment next to me died and Josie got his plot.
“We’ve been in competition ever since!”
The couple, who have two grown-up daughters Julie, 48 and Michelle, 46, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last October.
They were invited to a presentation event at Sheffield Town Hall to collect their prizes where they met the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Counc Sylvia Dunkley.
Colin said: “It’s just fantastic to hear your name called out.”