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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2007, 07:57 GMT 08:57 UK
Flower bed 'safety row' resolved
June Turnbull
Mrs Turnbull is now happy to wear the bright jacket while gardening
A 79-year-old woman has been permitted to tend her village's flower beds again after she was told to stop gardening due to health and safety rules.

Wiltshire County Council said June Turnbull from Urchfont, near Devizes would have to put up warning signs and be supervised when tending the blooms.

The parish and county councils have now agreed she can carry on, as long as she wears a fluorescent jacket.

Mrs Turnbull has said she is now happy to wear the jacket while working.

She had spent six years nurturing the plot before she was spotted in August by a county council official.

She was then told to obey health and safety rules or give up the garden.

At the time Mrs Turnbull said: "I was very angry, I mean it seems so petty bothering with what I do here. There's just no point."

View of the flower bed June Turnbull works in
The flower bed Mrs Turnbull works in is public land

Wiltshire County Council had said it required anyone carrying out this kind of work to follow the same safety procedures as council staff to ensure they were not put at risk.

"This will include wearing fluorescent jackets, placing warning signs and in some case, such as this location in Urchfont because it is on a bend, working in pairs," a spokesman said.

Gardener must use warning signs
10 Aug 07 |  Wiltshire

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