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crab ap­ple, smoke bush, fuch­sia, evening prim­rose and of course a Han­del rose. Un­til arthri­tis de­terred her this year she also vol­un­teered at the National Trust’s Buck­land Abbey where she could weed away within an in­spi­ra­tional land­scape. By gar­den­ing against the odds, my mother and I ap­pre­ci­ate it as an im­por­tant source of our hap­pi­ness. I tell this story as a source of in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers and to en­cour­age open­ness about fam­ily chal­lenges. You can in­spire peo­ple too by en­ter­ing this year’s com­pe­ti­tion and help grow the mes­sage of the heal­ing power of gar­den­ing. YOUNGGARDENERS AGAINST THE ODDS New for this year is a spe­cial Young Gar­den­ers Against the Odds cat­e­gory, which will cel­e­brate un­der 25 year-olds who have re­sponded to Alan Titch­marsh’s re­cent heart­felt call to re­con­nect with “ap­ples rather than Ap­ple Macs, plant cells rather than cell­phones and rasp­ber­ries as well as Black­Ber­rys”. Two young peo­ple who have al­ready dis­cov­ered for them­selves how gar­den­ing can help over­come life’s odds are Dan Bax­ter and Hay­den Evans. They won a Gar­den­ing Against the Odds award in 2012 for turn­ing a derelict site into a thriv­ing ter­raced veg­etable gar­den. Nom­i­nated by the Bath char­ity Men­tor­ing Plus, which sup­ports vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple aged 12 to 17 through men­tor­ing, Hay­den and Dan were thrilled to re­ceive their award from the fa­mous con­ser­va­tion­ist David Bel­lamy at the pre­sen­ta­tion THE JUDGES The panel of gar­den­ers and con­ser­va­tion­ists will judge the short­list of en­tries and nom­i­na­tions in Oc­to­ber. From The Sun­day Tele­graph are Life edi­tor Anne Cuth­bert­son and writer Francine Ray­mond and from The Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion are its co-founders David Shreeve and David Bel­lamy. They are joined by the Duchess of Northum­ber­land, cre­ator of the Al­nwick Gar­den, ac­tress Su­san Hamp­shire, Guer­rilla Gar­den­ing’s Richard Reynolds, writer of the ar­ti­cle along­side, Craig Sams, founder of Green & Black’s Or­ganic and Car­bon Gold, Christopher Woodward, di­rec­tor of the Gar­den Mu­seum, pre­vi­ous award win­ner An­nie Maw, Tim Richard­son, writer and di­rec­tor of the Chelsea Fringe and Frank Wil­son, hus­band of El­speth Thomp­son, to whose mem­ory the Gar­den­ing Against the Odds Awards are ded­i­cated.

r Janet, right, who bat­tled de­pres­sion and planted the seeds of hor­ti­cul­tural am­bi­tion in her young sons, far right (Richard on the left)

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