AmicusHorizon resident Benjamin Manning is the pride of Southwark!
Published by amicushorizon for AmicusHorizon Group in Housing
Benjamin Manning proudly shows off the garden
An AmicusHorizon resident who transformed land at his sheltered accommodation block into a beautiful oasis has won an award.
Benjamin Manning is the pride of Southwark after helping to turn the gardens at Barnards House, Rotherhithe, into a fantastic tranquil space.
He led the project and worked tirelessly to plant colourful flowers and shrubs, lay turf and create a seating area that overlooks the River Thames.
Other residents at the scheme also rolled up their sleeves and helped to deliver an amazing front and back garden.
Mr Manning, 75, was given a Civic Award by Southwark Council which recognises good work carried out in the local community. He received his award at a special ceremony held at Southwark Cathedral.
Mr Manning, who lives at Barnards House, said: "I'm probably going to live here for the rest of my life so I thought 'why shouldn't it look nice'. It was a lot of hard work, but people really appreciate it which is great. I can enjoy the garden now, even though it's never ending and there's always something else to do!"
The housing association provided a grant to carry out the work at Barnards House.
Bozlur Rashid, Resident Involvement Officer at AmicusHorizon, said: "It's great to see Mr Manning and other residents of Barnards House take pride in where they live. The garden transformation is unrecognisable. Previously it was a well maintained lawned area, but Mr Manning has taken it to a different level. Local residents always comment on how beautiful it makes the surrounding areas. The project has not only beautified an area, but also brought neighbours together and created a real sense of community."
Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Sunil Chopra said: "All of this year's Civic Award winners are very worthy recipients for their tireless work in their local areas. Mr Manning's hard work certainly made a difference to his community in so many ways. So I absolutely want to thank him for going that extra mile, and I hope this award will confirm our appreciation."