A grandmother from Aylesbury has been highly commended for a gardening award. Barbara Harwood, 68, who lives at Anchor’s William Hill Drive in Blerton, was nominated by Keith Branson 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.

Barbara Harwood, who has lived at William Hill Drive for a year and a half, is thrilled to be highly commended in the Green Fingered Customer category. She said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated by Keith. I love gardening as it keeps me fit. It brings me great pleasure when others get enjoyment from the communal gardens.”

Friend and neighbour Keith Branson, 86, who appreciates the work Barbara carried out in the gardens, said: “From the moment Barbara arrived at William Hill Drive, she has worked tirelessly to brighten up the gardens so that everyone can enjoy them.

“Barbara encouraged us to renovate tired flower beds and move plants and shrubs to better positions, and even helped us to get vegetable plots going so that we can enjoy tomatoes and green beans in the summer.

“There is colour and energy throughout William Hill Drive now, and working together in the garden has brought our little community even closer together. Barbara most definitely deserves an award for all her hard work.”

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

Congratulations Barbara!

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