A RESIDENT of Essex based housing association, CHP, who is registered blind has been commemorated after displaying his green fingered credentials in the company’s annual gardening competition.
Mr Maurice Morley, 86, of Brook Hill, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, impressed the competitions judges after they discovered that he had removed and relayed the turf in his back garden by touch alone.
Regularly tending to the flourishing flowers, trees and fauna in his garden; the sprightly octogenarian annually enjoys the fruits of his labour after planting Victoria plums, cherry trees, strawberries and raspberries.
Mr Morley – a former manager of England’s speedway team for two seasons during the 1960’s and who was known as the ‘best speedway track builder’ in the country – has lived with his wife Florence in Little Waltham for the past 12 years.
The speedway enthusiast also wrote regular columns for the magazines ‘Speedway World’ and the ‘Speedway Star’ while he was the manager of the speedway teams the Romford Bombers and Canterbury Crusaders.
“The gardening competition entries get bigger and better every year,” said David Leatherdale, Grounds Maintenance team leader. “While all of our the entries deserve recognition, we were very impressed with Mr Morley’s garden which – despite being registered blind – was immaculate due to the amount of hard work he puts into it.”
“I help Maurice by deadheading the flowers and visiting gardening centres for him to pick up more plants,” added Florence Morley. “Although I regularly lose him for hours on end in the garden I’m very proud of him and all of the work he does, especially because of his sight.”
The winners of CHP’s 2011 gardening competition winners August 2011[pdf] are:
- Best front garden– Mr and Mrs Atkin, Little Waltham, Chelmsford;
- Best back garden– Mr and Mrs Jackson, Great Baddow, Chelmsford;
- Best communal garden– Purbeck Court, Great Baddow, Chelmsford;
- Best environmentally friendly garden– Mr and Mrs Wilson, Great Baddow, Chelmsford;
- Highly recommended garden– Mr and Mrs Morley, Little Waltham, Chelmsford.