ONE of Ulverston’s longest-standing allotment holders is bowing out after 60 years of gardening duties.

Harry Braithwaite, of Lund Road, is hanging up his gardening gloves after owning an allotment at the Ellers in Ulverston for more than 60 years.

The 83-year-old said he had ‘enjoyed every minute’ of tending to his garden patch since he first purchased it in 1959.

He said: “Gardening has always been a big part of my life. There’s nothing better than being outdoors and feeling like you’ve achieved something.”

Mr Braithwaite, a retired electrician, said his garden allotment had allowed him to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in his older years.

“I feel fit and healthy which I think is because I come outside and look after my patch every day,” he said.

“It’s brilliant exercise and helps you feel part of a community. Myself and all the other allotment-holders have all become great friends.”

In celebration of Mr Braithwaite’s 60 years, Ulverston Town Council, alongside other members of the allotment, presented him with some vouchers to thank him for everything he has done.

Mr Braithwaite said he will still continue gardening in his own garden at home. Since there’s only two of us now, there’s no need for the allotment and to grow so much.