Keen gardener and Abbeyfield Clifton House resident Peter is using his passion for gardening to help transform the outdoor spaces at the house and within the local community. 

Having been a resident at Clifton House for just over a year, he has done a fantastic job rejuvenating the courtyard there, brightening it up with beautiful colourful pots of plants. His own enthusiasm and passion has even encouraged other residents to get involved too, turning gardening into a real social occasion at the house.

Together, they’ve turned what was a boring and unused courtyard into a lovely place to sit, relax and enjoy a coffee and a chat.

Environmentally friendly gardening

As well as being a lover of all things gardening, Peter is passionate about the environment, and often finds ways to incorporate environmentally friendly ideas into his gardening.

In his design for the courtyard space at Clifton House, he has used collected rainwater and even made his own fertiliser using old banana skins.

The garden also utilises other people’s discarded items such as old ice cream tubs, that he has used as pots to grow some of the beautiful flowers in.

Giving back to the local community

Being the people responsible for such a gorgeous garden – which plenty of passersby stop to admire – it’s no wonder that Peter has become quite the local celebrity in Cowes.

As well as this, he is also known for going out of his way to water the plants along the high street so that everyone can enjoy the flowers, and often gives his best gardening advice to fellow horticulturists within the local community.

Becoming an award winning gardener!

With more than 100 entries shortlisted at this year’s Wight in Bloom Awards, it was far from an easy decision for the panel of judges.

After a careful consideration, Peter’s beautiful creation won the award in the Best Care Giving Complex Garden category!

Attending the Wight in Bloom Awards ceremony in Ryde, Peter was thrilled to be presented with his framed certificate by none other than gardening expert and television presenter Alan Titchmarsh.


We’d like to say massive congratulations to Peter on this fantastic achievement.


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