A grandfather from Liverpool has won a gardening award. Jim Aitken, 62, who lives at Anchor’s Delph Court in Field Lane, was nominated by three neighbours in recognition of his hard work in the communal gardens.

Over 600 nominations were sent in for Anchor’s Happy Living Awards for those who live with Anchor, who is England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in May 2014 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.

Jim Aitken, who has lived at Delph Court for two years, is thrilled to receive the Green Fingered Customer (North) award. He said: “I am over the moon. Even being nominated is a huge compliment, so to win this award has really made my day. I love gardening as it keeps me fit, and it brings me great pleasure when I see other Delph Court tenants enjoying the gardens.”

Friend Teresa Robinson, 63, who appreciates the work that Jim carries out in the gardens, said: “Jim is fairly new to Delph Court, but from the moment he moved in he immediately became involved with the communal garden.

“Jim has provided many new flowers and plants, patio furniture, arches for climbers, a clock, fruit trees, and a little shed to keep everything neat and tidy.

“Despite having recently had knee surgery, Jim still works hard in the garden, often having to lie down to tend the plants but never complaining.

“The garden at Delph Court is a beautiful place to relax and socialise, which is very much admired and appreciated by all the tenants and visitors.”

Congratulations Jim!

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