Wally wins award for his work transforming community gardens in Bedford

Wally Widdowson
Wally Widdowson

A grandfather from Bedford has won an award for his work in transforming community gardens.

Wally Widdowson, 68, who lives at Anchor’s Dame Alice Court in Newnham Street, was nominated by Robert Adams and Janet Grant for his hard work in the communal gardens.

More than 600 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards for those who live with Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider.

The awards were launched in 2014 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.

Wally, who has lived at Dame Alice Court for two years, is thrilled to receive the Green Fingered Customer (South) award.

He said: “I am over the moon. Even being nominated is a huge compliment, so to win this award has really made my day. I love gardening as it keeps me fit, and it brings me great pleasure when I see other Dame Alice Court tenants enjoying the gardens.”

Former Anchor housing manager Janet Grant, who appreciates the work that Wally carried out in the gardens, said: “It is really amazing how Wally has transformed the gardens since moving in to Dame Alice Court.

“We have a groundsman who maintains the lawns, but otherwise it is all down to Wally – he grows the most beautiful flowers from seeds or cuttings, and is always busy planting and watering them.

“Wally holds a plant sale outside Dame Alice Court once a month to raise money for more gardening tools, and if a tenant would like to see a particular plant in the garden, Wally goes out of his way to find it for them.

“We have a beautiful, thriving garden all year round thanks to Wally, and he very much deserves this award as recognition for putting smiles on everyone’s faces.”

For more information on Dame Alice Court please call 0845 140 2020 or visit www.anchor.org.uk