The award has been given in recognition of her ‘charitable services to nursing and caring, and to gardens and gardening in England and Wales’.
NGS chairman Martin McMillan said: "This is a wonderful accolade for a remarkable lady who has devoted much of her life to her work for the National Gardens Scheme and, in the process, made a unique contribution to the charity. Penny’s honour is richly deserved."
She has been London County Organiser for the National Gardens Scheme since 1980. She served as a Trustee from 1985-1995 and as Chairman of the Trustees from 2008-2014. In 2014 she was appointed a Vice President. When she stood down as Chairman in 2014 her
contribution was recognized by the Royal Horticultural Society who awarded her the Veitch Memorial Medal.
She was honoured with the comment: "Her enthusiasm and commitment are indefatigable and inspiring. Her remarkable charisma and drive over many years have transformed the NGS. It is now an award winning charity recognised nationally for its unrivalled funding of healthcare charities as well as its contribution to tourism and gardens."