We had a wonderful start to 2014 with the news that Ken has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year 2014 Honours List.
Here is a lovely extract from the article in the Cornish Guardian:
Mr Radford, who lives with wife Lorraine in Polgooth, was nominated by supporters of the scheme among staff at the Eden Project including co-founder Sir Tim Smit, who himself has received a knighthood.
People and Gardens plans to hold a party in February to celebrate Mr Radford’s award.
Lorraine, also 59, said he dedicated practically every waking hour to the scheme, including evening meetings, and left everything else at the drop of a hat to ensure People and Gardens was working to the highest standard.
She said: “His dedication to P&G is for all to see. He’s a lovely, kind man with such a good heart who so deserves this award. I’m very proud of him.
“It couldn’t have gone to a better person, really.”
Mr Radford insisted though he had sown the seed, others had made it grow, and as such he was sharing his award with everyone who had contributed to the scheme.
“This award has to be for everybody,” he said.
“It reflects the hard work that everyone involved with People and Gardens puts in – the staff, the volunteers, the Eden Project.”
“It hasn’t been a job; it hasn’t been about earning a living; it’s been about having a point to prove to myself that actually, if you’re kind to each other, the world is a better place to live.”
You can read the full article here.