A grandmother from Norwich has been highly commended for a gardening award. Carole Gilliver, 69, who lives at Anchor’s Leyham Court in Rawley Road, was nominated by Margaret Gibbs for her 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.

Carole Gilliver, who has lived at Leyham Court for 10 years, is thrilled to be highly commended in the Green Fingered Customer category. She said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated by Margaret. 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 Margaret Gibbs, who appreciates the work Carole carried out in the gardens, said: “Carole works hard to grow flowers in the communal garden for everyone to enjoy, and deserves recognition for all her efforts.

“She also grows and displays a great variety of flowers in front of her flat, so that all visitors to Leyham Court can benefit from the marvellous displays.

“Carole had meningitis years ago which has left her with a mobility problem, but that doesn’t stop her. We enjoy the gardens all year around because of Carole.”

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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