Cranleigh in Bloom volunteer is award finalist

Cranleigh in Bloom volunteer and committee member Andrea Bamford has been named as one of three finalists for the Roger Coupe Star Awards 2017, for its Star Garden award.

The Cranleigh-based estate agent invited nominations for the honour last month and has narrowed the list of contenders down to a trio of community-spirited garden enthusiasts.

Andrea is a passionate gardener and the newspaper report about the finalists explains her cottage garden in the village is packed full of carefully chosen and cared for plants.

Andy’s latest volunteering endeavour has been to tidy up the neglected garden in front of Cranleigh Village Hospital, where she has been pruning, weeding and mowing the lawn to make it look its best.

Ahead of judging for the South & South East in Bloom Awards last summer, she was out working on Cranleigh High Street early in the morning and late in the evening preparing for the visit, even weeding the various drains and doing ‘guerilla weeding’ to tidy up messy patches along the route judges would be taking.

Cranleigh in Bloom subsequently won Gold at the South & South East in Bloom Awards, and was named overall category winner, due in no small part to Andy’s hard work preparing the village for the visit from its judging panel.

Andy has also volunteered at pond clearing work parties, helped Waverley Borough Council’s countryside rangers improve ponds and helps keep the village clear of litter.

You can vote for Andy by emailing starawards@pmwcom.co.uk with ‘Andrea Bamford’ in the subject line.

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 14th May 2017.