A pensioner from Wimbledon has been shortlisted for a gardening award. Jeff Weston, who lives at Anchor’s Louie Black House in Elm Grove, was nominated by neighbours for his hard work in the communal gardens.

Almost 300 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards run by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in August with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Mr Weston is thrilled to be shortlisted for the Green Fingered Customer Award. He said: “I am over the moon to be up for this award. I love gardening as it keeps me fit, and it’s great to see others getting enjoyment from our communal gardens.”

Neighbour Pam Bromwich, who appreciates Jeff’s work in the gardens, said: “Jeff created an allotment, where he grows many different vegetables and fruit for us all to enjoy. He also created a small wildflower garden, making us ‘bee friendly’.

“Jeff is always happy to help other tenants who have their own piece of garden, if they are not fully able to cope with it. We are all very proud of our beautiful surroundings and amazed at what has been achieved.”

A customer panel will be coming together later this month to judge those shortlisted, and winners of the six categories will be announced in December.

For more information on Louie Black House please call 0800 731 2020.

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