04 Jan 2016
A green-fingered grandfather from Cleethorpes has won a national gardening award.
Graham Renison, who lives at Anchor’s Church Court retirement housing scheme in Blundell Avenue, was nominated by five neighbours for his hard work in the communal gardens. A customer panel of judges met in December 2015 and was very impressed by his efforts.
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 2015 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.
Mr Renison, who has lived at Church Court for five years, is thrilled to receive the Green Fingered Customer Award. He said: “I've finally cracked it! This is a really nice personal achievement for me. I've always liked gardening and at first it was just a bit of a hobby - I never thought it would come to this. For me it's just about wanting to keep active."
Fiona Evans, manager at Church Court, commented: “Mr Renison has worked hard to transform our garden into a beautiful place for residents and their families to sit and admire the scenery.”
Alijda Fletcher, who appreciates Graham’s work in the gardens, added: “Graham can be seen every day come rain or shine, working to keep the gardens at their beautiful best for all of us at Church Court to enjoy.
“His efforts have been recognised by Cleethorpes in Bloom, where the gardens have won awards for the past three years – not including this year when they received the coveted Gold Award.”
Another neighbour, Angela Winterburn, said: “We are so proud of Graham. What a pleasure it is to sit outside! Our garden is first class.”
Friend, neighbour and nominator Rene Burley, who has helped Graham with the garden in the past, added: "He has put in 101 per cent and the residents love the garden."
For more information on Church Court please call 0800 731 20 20 or visit www.anchor.org.uk.