I have been involved in this garden's restoration for nearly 20 years, so it has become large part of my life.
I was instrumental in setting up the Friends of Walkden Gardens a historic garden in south Manchester based on the 20thC gardens of Hidcote in Gloucestershire. The gardens had fallen into disrepair and no-one would enter alone.
Walkden Gardens is now firmly on the map and the place to go to for outdoor concerts and the annual 'Carols Around the Dovecote' (which attracts over a thousand people).
We have a team of 30 volunteer gardeners and have welcomed the Japanese Ambassador to the Japanese garden, as well as HRH The Duke of Kent to see what we have achieved.
In my voluntary role at Walkden Gardens I was invited to Buckingham Palace to receive The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
The image above shows me taking HRH The Duke of Kent on a tour of Walkden Gardens.
My thanks to photographer Ray Kearney for the Wisteria arch photo.