A grandfather from Darwen has been shortlisted for a gardening award. William Somerset, who lives at Anchor’s Hindle Court in Peabody Street, was nominated by 10 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.

William Somerset - Billy to his friends at Hindle Court - 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 Joyce Perkins, who appreciates his work in the gardens, said: “Billy is an inspiration to us all. He looks after the garden for all of us to enjoy. Considering he is partially sighted, it is a marvel that he manages it.

“The spring arrives as do all the bulbs he has planted – crocus, narcissus, daffodils and tulips. It is a very cheery sight after the long dark days. Next he brings the lovely summer bedding plants and hanging baskets, so everywhere is a mass of colour.

“He is very caring and helpful, and deserves recognition for the time and effort he puts into making Hindle Court such a pleasant place to live.”

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.

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