Malvern pensioner's dismay as prize-winning garden is dug up because flowers bother allergy sufferers

Malvern Gazette: HAPPIER TIMES: Julia Mason after being named runner-up in a Christmas lights contest. HAPPIER TIMES: Julia Mason after being named runner-up in a Christmas lights contest.

A PENSIONER has been left devastated after housing chiefs dug up her award-winning flower display following complaints from neighbours that it gave them sniffles.

Workmen paid a visit to Julia Mason’s home in Barnards Close, Malvern, and hacked up her display of golden rod flowers.

The plants, which were judged the best in town by Malvern in Bloom experts, were turfed over while the 65- year-old was at a hospital appointment.

She never had any problems with the display until two years ago, when she said Barnleigh Housing Association contacted her after receiving a complaint about the amount of pollen the flowers produced. “There was a lot of fuss over it but this September a committee said that I could keep the flowers,” she said.

She received another letter last month telling her the flowers would have to be dug up.

She said she would not and was devastated when she returned from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham last week to find the flowers had been removed.

“I’ve kept that garden for 23 years and I take a lot of pride in it,” she said. “I was absolutely devastated – I was so upset I just sat and cried.”

The display was 10ft by 1ft, and Mrs Mason said she managed to create it despite suffering lung problems and needing a lung operation.

Housing bosses defended the move, saying it was dug up following legitimate concerns.

Pollen can be a big concern for allergy sufferers, especially during the spring. It can heighten hay fever symptoms, including sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes.

Stuart Wollaston, chairman of Barnleigh Housing Association, said: “As far as the association is concerned we feel that we have taken the appropriate action.

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8:37am Fri 4 Jan 13

Allan Whitehead says...

My biology teacher once informed our class that flowers give off a substance called pollen. Bees transferred this pollen from plant to plant. This pollen was the fertilising agent of the plants. If a plant gives, off to much pollen that is a thing of nature. Tampering with nature by us humans is one of; if not the only one reason, we have this dreaded thing called Global Warming.

One thing that annoys me more than pollen produce by a thing of beauty, Flowers, is those rapists and paedophiles that should have their breeding tackle removed because they also offend many people.
My biology teacher once informed our class that flowers give off a substance called pollen. Bees transferred this pollen from plant to plant. This pollen was the fertilising agent of the plants. If a plant gives, off to much pollen that is a thing of nature. Tampering with nature by us humans is one of; if not the only one reason, we have this dreaded thing called Global Warming. One thing that annoys me more than pollen produce by a thing of beauty, Flowers, is those rapists and paedophiles that should have their breeding tackle removed because they also offend many people. Allan Whitehead

8:52am Fri 4 Jan 13

THE FACTS says...

"Mrs Mason said she managed to create it despite suffering lung problems and needing a lung operation."

Pollen.

Any connection ?
"Mrs Mason said she managed to create it despite suffering lung problems and needing a lung operation." Pollen. Any connection ? THE FACTS

10:02am Fri 4 Jan 13

Allan Whitehead says...

I wonder if Mr Stuart Wollaston, and his committee, would remove plants from a garden that was not under their control. I trust and hope that now they have removed the plants they will now maintain her garden at no extra cost to Mrs. Mason.
I wonder if Mr Stuart Wollaston, and his committee, would remove plants from a garden that was not under their control. I trust and hope that now they have removed the plants they will now maintain her garden at no extra cost to Mrs. Mason. Allan Whitehead

8:03pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Norah61 says...

What a bunch of unpleasant neighbours that lady must have that they couldn't see beyond their noses and appreciate the hard work, effort and money that had gone into creating a pretty display. I imagine that the flowers brought butterflies etc in to the area and now they have even fewer places to go about their business.
What a bunch of unpleasant neighbours that lady must have that they couldn't see beyond their noses and appreciate the hard work, effort and money that had gone into creating a pretty display. I imagine that the flowers brought butterflies etc in to the area and now they have even fewer places to go about their business. Norah61

8:27pm Fri 4 Jan 13

logicalN says...

I can only assume that posters have no experience of severe hayfever or the asthma that it can develop int o or they might understand the complaints
Tenants have obligations , if they don't follow them there are consequences
I can only assume that posters have no experience of severe hayfever or the asthma that it can develop int o or they might understand the complaints Tenants have obligations , if they don't follow them there are consequences logicalN

6:03am Sat 5 Jan 13

thebrookie says...

Its yellow flowers, which generally appear in August and ... Some people may develop a mild allergic reaction to this herb.

on another site :Ragweed Causes Allergy Problems - not Goldenrod ...

so who knows?? hope they replaced the damage they created with some nice flowers for her
Its yellow flowers, which generally appear in August and ... Some people may develop a mild allergic reaction to this herb. on another site :Ragweed Causes Allergy Problems - not Goldenrod ... so who knows?? hope they replaced the damage they created with some nice flowers for her thebrookie

11:47am Sat 5 Jan 13

Allan Whitehead says...

logicalN wrote:
I can only assume that posters have no experience of severe hayfever or the asthma that it can develop int o or they might understand the complaints
Tenants have obligations , if they don't follow them there are consequences
Sir/Madam,
One should never assume anything. Facts are facts; people do have allergies and asthma. Many people have incurable diseases such has Raynaud's disease, with no cure, little or no medication, to relieve the symptoms.

When the pollen count is high many people have the sneezes and do not use a handkerchief, or tissue, I find that more offensive than a few flowers that as a life span which is very short.

Sneezes really do spread diseases just like spitting out in public. I was in a superstore the other day when a person sneezed all over the tomatoes and other surrounding products. Officials should tackle these issues. Not destroy someone’s efforts to make the area appear more colourful and create an attraction to all the creatures that pollenate flowers.
Still it is easy to tackle an elderly person and destroy what they have created for pleasure.
I hope and trust that Mr. Stuart Wollaston and his committee will come down just as forceful on anyone reported for spitting out, or sneezing without using a handkerchief or tissue.
[quote][p][bold]logicalN[/bold] wrote: I can only assume that posters have no experience of severe hayfever or the asthma that it can develop int o or they might understand the complaints Tenants have obligations , if they don't follow them there are consequences[/p][/quote]Sir/Madam, One should never assume anything. Facts are facts; people do have allergies and asthma. Many people have incurable diseases such has Raynaud's disease, with no cure, little or no medication, to relieve the symptoms. When the pollen count is high many people have the sneezes and do not use a handkerchief, or tissue, I find that more offensive than a few flowers that as a life span which is very short. Sneezes really do spread diseases just like spitting out in public. I was in a superstore the other day when a person sneezed all over the tomatoes and other surrounding products. Officials should tackle these issues. Not destroy someone’s efforts to make the area appear more colourful and create an attraction to all the creatures that pollenate flowers. Still it is easy to tackle an elderly person and destroy what they have created for pleasure. I hope and trust that Mr. Stuart Wollaston and his committee will come down just as forceful on anyone reported for spitting out, or sneezing without using a handkerchief or tissue. Allan Whitehead

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