Nominated by: Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller.

Reason for nomination: NESS Gardens have been open to the public since they were first planted at the beginning of the 1900s by the Bulley family.

The gardens contain many unusual plants brought to the UK by some of the well renowned collectors such as George Forrest and Frank Kingdon Ward who had been sponsored by Arthur Kiplin Bulley.

The gardens were donated to Liverpool University after the Second World War.

Many people wonder just how the gardens are kept in such good shape and how, in 2008, Ness won the Cheshire Gardens competition.

The answer is far from straightforward as it is down to history, the goodwill of the university, dedicated staff and a network of volunteers.

The volunteers of Ness have been quietly supporting the superb gardens for many years.

They perform a variety of functions from gardening through to meeting and greeting visitors, including assisting in the plant sales and assisting with cleaning and painting benches.

Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller, who nominated the team, said: “The volunteers support the staff of Ness, helping to maintain the gardens’ high standards and the welcoming atmosphere of this beautiful area.

“If you doubt the merit of this nomination, just pay a visit.”

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