Bowdon MS sufferer has garden transformed after winning Hale company’s competition

By Liam Headd at

A woman suffering from an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis has had her garden transformed into an idyllic haven, after winning a “Guerrilla Garden Makeover” from Hale garden specialists I Want Trees.

Elizabeth Hardy, who was diagnosed in 2014, was entered into the competition – which was launched back in May – by her sister Pauline Hall.

Elizabeth, who lives in Bowdon, had to give up her career working with children as her condition worsened, and Pauline hoped transforming the garden into a serene haven would have a huge impact on her sister’s life.

Elizabeth and her dog enjoys her garden post-makeover

She said: “I have always loved my garden however, I can no longer tend to it. My sister Pauline has made it as nice as she could for me.

“She was the one who entered me into the competition and it was a fantastic surprise when I found out I’d won.

“I have always wanted an established garden that isn’t overlooked and that is exactly what I now have. It is absolutely gorgeous with lots of colour and evergreen so I am sure it will look as fabulous all year round.

“The team worked unbelievably hard. I am completely overwhelmed by the transformation and so grateful to my sister and I Want Trees.”

Elizabeth’s garden prior to the makeover

Elizabeth’s garden was picked from a shortlist of entries from across the borough that included schools, public spaces and residential gardens.

I Want Trees’ Jessica Rowlands, sales manager and Guerrilla Garden judge, said: “Elizabeth is a very worthy winner of the competition. Her sister Pauline has done her best to create a place for Elizabeth to relax but we felt we could create a truly beautiful space for Elizabeth to enjoy and unwind in.”

Elizabeth’s garden after the makeover