Award-winning Uckfield gardener Jeremy Scott is pictured with actress and competition judge Susan Hampshire.

Talented Uckfield gardener receives award

Talented Uckfield gardener Jeremy Scott has been presented with an award won in a competition run by the Sunday Telegraph.

Mr Scott, who is blind, received the Conversation Foundation/Sunday Telegraph Gardening Against the Odds Award for the South East at a ceremony earlier this month.

Uckfield News reported on his success last November. See: Uckfield man wins Gardening Against the Odds award.

The presentation ceremony was held in the Great Conservatory at Syon, west London.

Jeremy Scott is pictured here with Susan Hampshire who was one of the awards judges .

Mr Scott was nominated by Thrive which was set up in 1978 and is the only national charity that operates in the field of disability and gardening in the UK.

It provides information and specialist services, training and structured horticultural programmes which help thousands of disabled people.

A spokesman for Thrive said: “Jeremy’s ability to remain positive in light of his illnesses is inspirational. He came to Thrive when we ran a blind gardeners club for seven years (co-funded by the RNIB and Big Lottery) – he was our Blind Gardener of the Year – ultimate champion.”

Mr Scott, who lives on the Church Coombe Estate, was registered blind nine years ago due to diabetic retinopathy and had to give up full-time work.

As well as having had a kidney and part of his bowel removed due to cancer, he has neuropathy in his hands and feet.

Sadly, his remaining kidney is failing and he is about to go on dialysis. So at the moment, getting out in his garden is very difficult.

Thrive believes Jeremy is inspirational not just to blind people, but also to people with other disabilities because he is coping with so many additional health problems.

“Jeremy has been on Radio Four’s Gardeners’ Question Time Panel and conducted interviews for them at Thrive when the charity hosted the show in April 2012.

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