A woman battling bipolar says her life was saved by gardening – and now she wants everyone else to give it a go too.
Lesley Rose, 48, used her garden as an escape from the “demons” that have plagued her over the past few years.
Now, by giving away free sunflowers she has grown herself, Lesley hopes to share her passion with others.
“They’re my absolute favourite flower,” said Lesley.
“So I grow them until they are about nine inches tall and then give them to people for free in my desperate plea to encourage people to enjoy their outdoor space.
“I would love to see Milton Keynes completely scattered with sunflowers.”
Although her “haven” in Shenley Lodge has not been expensive to create, it has transformed her life.
“Being close to nature and being kept occupied keeps the demons away so over the last few years my garden has been a godsend.
“But everything has been bought from a car boot. I just wanted everyone to know you can have a lovely garden without spending a fortune.”