I have a great interest in the natural environment. This love comes from my parents, my mother loved wild flowers and my father enjoyed growing vegetables. Other family members and friends have also enhanced my knowledge of plants. I studied a correspondence course in gardening and have gained additional knowledge from both the local horticultural society and the Royal horticultural society.

The softening of our buildings with gardens I believe is important to our wellbeing. Plants can bring so much colour into our lives. My garden is a small garden with fruit trees and bushes. My front garden is all in containers and has a naturalistic theme. I am trying to build up my collection of herb plants.

Helping friends with their gardens has given me understanding of how to fit in with our people’s gardening tastes.