Gardening Against the Odds Celebrated in Camellia House

Set against a backdrop of Chiswick's beautiful Camellias the first Gardening Against the Odds awards presentation took place on 8 March

Set against a backdrop of Chiswick’s beautiful Camellias the first Gardening Against the Odds awards presentation took place on 8 March 2011.

This was a day to celebrate the achievements of gardeners who have created gardens in difficult circumstances like the Growing Together group of blind and partially sighted gardeners in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

The winner, Andrew Barnett, was presented with his award by the botanist and television presenter David Bellamy and the actress Susan Hampshire.  Andrew, a former primary school teacher who suffered a series of mental breakdowns, said that transforming his boggy and windswept back garden had saved his life.

The awards were inspired by the late Sunday Telegraph gardening write Elspeth Thompson who championed ordinary gardeners everywhere.  The Conservation Foundation and the Sunday Telegraph launched the awards last year with support of Green & Black's Organic.  Together they hope to make them an annual event.

The winner of Gardening Against hte Odds, Andrew Barnett, presented with his award by the botanist and tv presenter David Bellamy and the actress Susan Hampshire Credit: Andrew Crowley©: Courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph
Andrew Crowley/Courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph
The winner of Gardening Against the Odds, Andrew Barnett, presented with his award by David Bellamy and Susan Hampshire

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