A grandfather from Ipswich has been highly commended for a gardening award. Daniel Balmforth, 74, who lives at Anchor’s Carlford Court in Parliament Road, was nominated by Emma Snowling for 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 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.

Daniel Balmforth, who has lived at Carlford Court for five years, is thrilled to be highly commended in the Green Fingered Customer category. He said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated by Emma. I love gardening as it keeps me fit. It brings me great pleasure when others get enjoyment from the communal gardens.”

Anchor housing scheme manager Emma Snowling, who appreciates the work Daniel carried out in the gardens, said: “Mr Balmforth is a very keen gardener and provides lovely hanging baskets and floral arrangements around Carlford Court every year, which are often admired by tenants and visitors alike.

“Mr Balmforth is always happy to help his neighbours with any gardening issues, even making a trellis for someone’s vegetable patch out of recycled wood.

“In 2013, I helped Mr Balmforth to apply for funding to create a sensory garden for all tenants. Mr Balmforth has worked tirelessly with very little help to create a lovely, tranquil seating area for everyone here and their families to enjoy.”

A customer panel came together before Christmas to judge those nominated, and winners of the six categories were announced at the end of January.

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