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The Volunteer Gardener of the Year Award is given in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by an individual to a hospice or palliative care organisation's gardens.

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~ Why is the person being nominated?

~ How many years have they been volunteering? 

~ What is the impact of their commitment?

~ What did they do exactly?

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Janet Walker won the Volunteer Gardener of the Year Award 2021 at the Hospice UK Awards

Winner - 2021

Janet Walker’s commitment to the hospice garden at St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds, is amazing.

Having volunteered for over 15 years, Janet is a much valued member of the team, helping to lead volunteers and is instrumental in the annual Open Gardens event.

The Open Gardens event which had to be held virtually in 2020 was a success, with a large part of that due to Janet, who filmed a virtual tour of her own garden, with gardening tips to support the event.

In the height of lockdown, Janet continued to look after the hospice gardens with her own tools. Janet’s compassion extends beyond the gardens and can often be seen chatting to patients, families and making cups of teas if needed.