They did things differently in 1951. A Best Front Garden competition, awarded on a ward by ward basis, with a £5 cash prize and a nicely-written certificate up for grabs. Hurrah for the Ilford Horticultural Society, whose Festival of Britain brainchild this was. So proud is Mr Fincham's niece of his achievements that she's lent his certificate and cup to Redbridge Museum, and they're on display as part of the Great Gardens exhibition on the first floor of Ilford Library. As well as a picture of Percy in a string vest standing by his greenhouse, there are several boards outlining the outdoor history of the borough's stately mansions... and theyhaveseveral. As an adjunct to the museum's permanent displays it works well, although probably isn't worth travelling well out of your way for. Most importantly, don't head to Courtland Avenue in Cranbrook because at some point in the last 60 years the front garden of number 32 has been entirely paved over and is now a rectangle of featureless hardstanding. One suspects Percy would be so very disappointed.