Town Helps Owen, 94, Get The Greenhouse of His Dreams

Posted 04/12/2019 : By: Trevor Gurney


Town Helps Owen, 94, Get the Greenhouse of His Dreams

After moving to Robert Kett Court sheltered housing scheme in Wymondham last year Owen James was all smiles last week as the Mayor of Wymondham officially opened the new greenhouse he so wanted.


A keen gardener since the age of 7, he helped his town Councillor daughter Annette grow tomato plants at her home, which the pair sold in May to raise funds for the monthly residents’ Gardening Club he started that same month.  “Dad said that he could grow lots more plants himself if he had a good greenhouse.  I thought ‘Why not?’ and I set about raising funds for a wheelchair friendly and safe greenhouse for him and other residents to use.” 


The project captured the hearts of many in the town and, with the full support of Liz Rayman the housing scheme Manager, it took just five months to raise nearly £2000 to buy a strong, safe, greenhouse with accessories.  “I’m amazed so many people wanted to help me” said Owen.  “I can’t thank them enough and I am now busy planning what I will grow next year”.  The Mayor, Kevin Hurn, said “It was an honour to be invited to open the greenhouse.  What an inspiration Owen is for us all and I am sure his green fingers will see tomatoes and bedding plants thriving next season”.            


Financial and practical support came from the Wymondham Lions, the Rotary Club Satellite Group, South Norfolk District Council, Wymondham Town Council, individual District Councillors and the men of the Shed Wymondham, who built the greenhouse.  “Dad and I cannot thank all our sponsors enough; particularly the Shed men for the many hours they put in to build it.”


The Gardening Club is closed over the winter but is able to welcome new members from the wider Wymondham community when it reopens in March.  Robert Kett Court will take part in Wymondham Open Gardens next year and Owen will be leading the way in making sure the gardens look their best.   


L to R: Annette James, Maureen Huckle, Ian Taylor (Rotary Club Satellite Group), The Mayor of Wymondham Kevin Hurn, Front: Owen James.