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I'm the local councillor for 12 villages in the south of Cambridgeshire - Duxford, Fowlmere, Foxton, Great & Little Chishill, Newton, Heydon, Hinxton, Ickleton, Pampisford, Shepreth, Whittlesford and Thriplow.

 

Decorative Duxford and triumphant Thriplow - local winners in garden competion

Decorative Duxford and triumphant Thriplow - local winners in garden competion

With the weather moving slowly into winter, here’s a pic from the other week when I called round to view John Poulter’s winning work on his garden in Duxford.

I went along to the District council’s Best Kept Gardens Awards at Scotsdales: Sheila from Thriplow (below) was winner in the Best Themed Garden for the second year running, and John has been transforming this garden at Lacey’s Way this past seven years, picking up the prize this year in the small garden category. I also recognised some very determined people from previous years filling the trophy cupboard yet again with their horticultural efforts!

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These gardens matter not just because they are good to look at, but because the outdoor exercise and commitment required to keep a garden in good order is part of that wellbeing we hear so much about.

Whether its walking netball, knitting, fixing broken machinery, or planning what to plant next year, and making it happen, wellbeing is about creating something and taking pride in it, or putting something back to help others.

This is isn’t rocket science. But it does put strong roots into communities.

My community report to Fowlmere parish council for October

My community report to Fowlmere parish council for October

Backing the bid to build affordable houses

Backing the bid to build affordable houses