Earlier this year, you may remember, we launched our Guerrilla Garden Makeover campaign to find and transform a green space in Trafford, with the goal that it would help to improve someone’s life.
We were inundated with responses, and it was an incredibly tough decision, but in the end, we decided the winner had to be Elizabeth Hardy, from Bowdon.
Elizabeth, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis in 2014, was entered into the competition by her sister Pauline Hall.
Elizabeth’s worsening condition meant she had to give up her career working with children and recently has found it increasingly difficult to tend to her own garden.
On our initial visit – when we had to pretend to be garden consultants, to keep it a surprise – we saw the garden was overlooked by neighbours who also had a trampoline against one of the boundaries.
We thought it important to create Elizabeth a sanctuary here she can relax, so we cleared out her beds and in just one day, installed mature trees, plants, hedges and evergreens to create a low-maintenance garden which will look good all year round.
Elizabeth said: “I have always wanted an established garden that isn’t overlooked and that is exactly what I now have. It is absolutely gorgeous with lots of colour.
“The team worked unbelievably hard. I am completely overwhelmed by the transformation and so grateful to my sister and I Want Trees.”
Elizabeth’s garden was picked from a shortlist of entries from across the borough that included schools, public spaces and residential gardens.
I Want Trees’ Jessica Rowlands, Sales Manager and Guerrilla Garden judge, said: “Elizabeth is a very worthy winner of the competition. Her sister Pauline has done her best to create a place for Elizabeth to relax but we felt we could create a truly beautiful space for Elizabeth to enjoy and unwind in.”