THE team leader of a Bay growing project is up for a national award.
Former career criminal Terry Crockett says he is a different man after horticulture helped him find a new way of being.
Now he has been nominated for an Inspiration award from the No Offence forum for his work at the Growing For Life project in Preston.
He said: "There's going to be a big do, I'll have to wear a shirt and tie."
The Redemption and Justice award is in recognition for his work with a range of people including recovering drug addicts and criminals, who have been helped by horticulture.
Terry said: "It sounds like I'm massaging my own ego here. What I do is pick up on the people who have helped me change and I pass that down the line."
Terry was given a life term for armed robbery aged 34 and found gardening while in prison.
He has been working with the charity based at a patch of land opposite Occombe Farm for the past three years.
"I was a career criminal and into drugs and I was determined that I would never be that person again.
"If I continue every day not being that person then that's the biggest sorry to all the people I traumatised."
Now he passes on the restorative powers of growing to others.
He said: "Gardening is the oldest therapy there is."
The project works with recovering addicts, people with mental health issues, long-term unemployed, criminals, people doing community payback, skilled tradesmen who give their time or people who just have a willingness to lend a hand.
From small things great things grow and the project provides the opportunity for people to realise their potential and raise their personal aspirations. It gives them a routine, something to do other than use, drink or commit crime.
The award ceremony takes place in Leicester on October 3.