A tenant from Birmingham has been shortlisted for a gardening award. Liz Macaulay, 71 years old, who lives at Anchor’s Edgwood Court in Bellis Street, was nominated by fellow tenants for her 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.

Liz Macaulay, who has lived at Edgwood Court for three years, is thrilled to be shortlisted for the Green Fingered Customer Award. She said: “I am very pleased to be nominated as it shows that my efforts are appreciated! There has been a lot of encouragement from other tenants, and loads of positive feedback over our flower displays. As a sufferer of depression I can recommend the therapeutic effects of gardening. I think that looking out on a colourful garden raises everyone’s spirits!”

Friend Jeffrey Hartland, who appreciates Liz’s work in the gardens, said: “Over the last three years, Liz has almost singlehandedly transformed our grounds into the vibrant, inviting garden we have today. Her dedication has motivated some of us to get stuck in and help. We are truly fortunate and grateful for what she has done for us.”

A customer panel have come together to judge those shortlisted, and winners of the six categories will be announced in January 2017.

For more information on Edgwood Court please call 0800 731 2020 or visit www.anchor.org.uk

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