Jim Buttress judges local gardening competition at Durrants Village

On Friday 28 June, renowned horticulturalist and head RHS judge, Jim Buttress, visited Durrants Village, the later living community in Faygate, to give a talk on how to make the most of a small garden space and judge a residents’ gardening competition. Jim discussed how to design and maintain a patio or balcony garden and gave his top tips for creating beautiful containers and hanging baskets. He also talked about his experiences and guests had the opportunity to ask him their gardening questions. The event was enjoyed by residents of the retirement village and keen gardeners from the region.
Jim Buttress began his gardening career at RHS Wisley, where he trained before going on to manage numerous London parks and gardens including Hyde Park, St James’ Park, Clarence House, Buckingham Palace and Greenwich Park, and enjoyed tea with the Queen Mother. Jim has appeared on gardening television shows including the BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge and is a regular radio presenter and guest including on BBC Radio Surrey’s Surrey Dig It gardening programme. He has most recently judged at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and continues to judge RHS flower shows across the country this summer.
In addition to his talk Jim judged a gardening competition of residents’ gardens at Durrants Village. All of the properties at the retirement village come with either a terrace or a balcony garden. Residents Marion and Michael Higgins won Best Garden Terrace, Mary Ewing won Best Hanging Basket and Mike Revell won Best Container.
Guests enjoyed a light lunch and there was a book signing of Jim’s autobiographical book, The People’s Gardener, which was available to purchase on the day. Guests also had the opportunity to receive a tour of the village and meet residents of the community.
Liam Stack, Village Manager at Durrants Village, commented:  “It was lovely to welcome Jim to Durrants Village for the second year running. Many of our residents are green-fingered and enjoy gardening on a smaller scale here, having downsized from homes with large gardens. It was great to see so many keen gardeners and those thinking about downsizing to come and see how manageable a smaller garden can be. We were all left inspired by Jim’s expertise and passion for gardening.”
Jim Buttress commented: “It was great to return to Durrants Village today and to this year also judge the residents’ gardens. There are some very talented gardeners at Durrants and it was great to see the variety of gardens and how residents have made the most of their patio or balcony space.
“Container gardening is easy and fun to do and is much more manageable than maintaining a large garden. I can see how the homes at Durrants Village are perfect for those downsizing and looking to continue their love of gardening in retirement but on a smaller scale.”
Durrants Village is set amongst 30 acres of idyllic parkland in the hamlet of Faygate and close to the market town of Horsham. The village offers a total of 172 luxury retirement properties, comprising a mixture of two bedroom apartments and two and three bedroom cottages. Surrounded by beautiful West Sussex countryside, but also within easy reach of London, Durrants Village offers the best of both worlds for over 55s looking to make a smart downsizing move.
The homes at Durrants Village centre around an on-site clubhouse that provides a range of country club-style facilities including a restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, gym and library. Within the landscaped grounds there is also a croquet lawn, a lake complete with duck houses and a lake house for residents to enjoy. The cottages at Durrants Village come with a patio garden and the apartments each have a balcony garden. The latest phase of cottages at the village overlook the idyllic lake and each comes with a garden room that leads outdoors to a garden terrace with views over the lake. Prices for homes at Durrants Village start from £325,000.
Inspired Villages is committed to the many health benefits of gardening in later life. It recently sponsored the main stage at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC in Birmingham from 13-16 June, where its celebrity ambassadors were interviewed discussing the advantages of gardening and spending time outdoors for mind, body and soul, including TV’s Gloria Hunniford, Julia Bradbury and Doctor Dawn Harper.
For more information about the homes available at Durrants Village please contact the sales team on 01293 837 439, email or visit

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