A mum who beat cancer has set up her own business at the age of 50 and hopes her magic touch will bring repeat success for Spalding as it goes for gold in East Midlands in Bloom.
Becky Wand was taught by the best, horticultural expert John Naylor (72), who tragically died suddenly in February.
John’s expertise as a grower paved the way for Spalding’s double gold success in the competition.
Becky said: “John specialised in hanging baskets and he taught me an awful lot. I worked for him for 13 years.”
She said John’s family had been brilliant, allowing her to take over, and because she’s known as Auntie B, she’s launched her own business as Auntie B’s Baskets.
The mum of two, from Pinchbeck, has made 300 baskets so far this year, around half of those for Spalding in Bloom and around 40 for The Crescent Traders. She will also be planting up tubs and containers for the Bloom effort.
Becky is celebrating as her business takes off and has achieved an even bigger milestone with her health, her fifth year of being cancer free.
She is on the lookout for “some new glass” to rent, because the long-time base at Fleet will no longer be available, and anyone with glass house space can call her on 07982 027734.
Becky hopes to expand into winter baskets and has fingers crossed that Spalding will go for the idea.
Spalding’s Bloom chairman Angela Newton says East Midlands in Bloom judges come to Spalding on Wednesday, July 13, when they will start out at Springfields, a previous category gold winner for the last three or four years.
Among places judges will visit are Vernatts Nature Reserve, Spalding’s St John the Baptist Primary School, which has set up allotments, Ayscoughfee Gardens and the town centre. Angela hopes traders will pick up litter outside their shops as Britain in Bloom is an offshoot of Keep Britain Tidy and tidiness equals marks.