A non-nonsense chat with Dena Murphy, a former nurse in early nineties who chairs a local resident’s group and manages their allotment. It’s here that Dena provides for over 50 pensioners at luncheon clubs and provides training and qualifications for offenders. She’s won multiple awards for her gardening and commitment to the community. __________________________________________________________________________
Dena is a passionate gardener and has won more than 40 awards from the Royal Horticultural Society. The huge contribution she’s made to life in her community was acknowledged in 2017 when she was nominated for the Pride of Britain Awards and in 2019 when she won the ‘Community Partner of the Year’ at the Pride of Manchester Awards.
- How she caught the gardening bug at aged just 3
- How she’s set up multiple community garden projects
- ...and why lots of them stop blooming
- Learning to swear in Czech
- The secret to living to the age of 91 (includes vegetables & cigarettes)
- Talking leeks with Prince Charles
- How to get your local council on side
- What it’s really to working with offenders
- Why we’re losing a sense of community
- Find out more about Nephra, the organisation that Dena chairs and runs the allotment for - there’s info on here about how you can volunteer and donate too NephraGoodNeighbours.org.uk
- Edith Cavell Close (not street!) in Manchester is here if you fancy a pilgrimage, and Dena is right, it’s tiny!