Working on heritage projects is another source of great pleasure and pride. I had an advisory role with the Walled Garden at Elford, after they secured lottery funding, and ran a gardening group for them. I was also involved with the Orangery at Ingestre after it obtained funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund to transform its overgrown gardens and Capability Brown landscapes to re-open as a community venue and heritage hub.
For many years I’ve supported women in business in the Lichfield, Tamworth and Burton areas, including a spell co-running a community interest company to help working women develop new skills.
In my spare time I enjoy encouraging my young grandson to take his first steps in gardening by learning about insects, wildlife and flowers and having fun outside in nature.