ALTHOUGH, as reported on this page in
April 2013, Honorary Alderman Doug Butterill became a Royal Horticultural
Society (RHS) Ambassador, working throughout the North West, he said
in June 2015 that his title had been changed to Champion.
No, that doesn't mean
he has won anything or beaten anyone - as he is constantly having to
explain. He is now championing the work of the Sherbourne
Estate in Crewe.
It is just that the RHS are
now using the title of Ambassador for nationally-known people such
as Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, James Wong, Nick Knowles and Adam
To add to the confusion the
Ambassadors are championing the RHS and - in the case of Mary Berry
- growing her own food!
DOUG BUTTERILL has become an Ambassador. But, no, he won't be off to some
foreign country to represent the U.K. This is a Royal Horticultural Society
appointment with Doug "working" through North West in Bloom. For
instance, he will be encouraging people living on the Sherbourne
Estate in Crewe to take an interest in gardening.
Doug (left) said it was "hopefully just the
first of local communities, villages, towns or cities I may become involved with
in the North West."
The project is part of North West in
Bloom's "It's your neighbourhood" scheme
Doug said: "This is different from the
'In Bloom' competition, although many of the aims are similar - horticultural
involvement and environmental considerations."
Doug will not be responsible for
the scheme. "That will be up to Wulvern Housing and the local community," he said, "but I will be giving
guidance and encouragement as required."
AT Nantwich in Bloom's Annual General Meeting on April
18, 2013, Doug stood down as Chairman - a post he has held twice. He
said: "I first joined Nantwich's 'Britain in Bloom', as it was then called, in
May 1979 and became Chairman about three years later. Work and council duties
forced me to retire as chairman about three years after that, but I became
chairman again in 2006."
He will not be a member of the Nantwich
in Bloom committee but "I will liaise with schools and be particularly involved
with the Nantwich Riverside and liaise with Arriva Trains (for whom Nantwich in
Bloom looks after the flowers on Nantwich Railway Station - winning a number of
Best Kept Station awards) and, of course, with Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC
(of which he is Company Secretary)."
Doug suffered a serious back injury in 2012 and
then found himself in hospital with another problem a few months later. But he
was back in action for the dedication to the man
whose idea it was at Nantwich's Community Orchard in the Riverside. And, not
surprisingly, he is now getting on with some gardening at home. Before he retired, Doug was in
business as a landscape gardener.