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Huddersfield gardens to be revamped by teenage volunteers

24th January 2015

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

The gardens of a charity centre in Huddersfield are currently inaccessible by those reliant on wheelchairs and disabled stairlifts, and will soon be undergoing the second stages of a makeover assisted by a team of 16 and 17-year-old volunteers.

The Making Beechwood Blossom project, which is run by the National Citizen’s Service scheme, will enable disabled visitors to enjoy a new landscaped garden upon completion, providing a vibrant environment for the community. The finalised plan is to remodel the garden and provide full wheelchair access by summer 2015.

Providing a better outside environment for disabled residents

The Victorian grounds of the Leonard Cheshire Beechwood Centre were previously lacking any shrubs or wildlife, but during the spring and summer of 2014 the first phase of the project was completed. The groundwork is now in place, and is ready for the beginning of stage two and three, which will include wheelchair-friendly surfacing and the addition of colourful flowers and shrubs.

By the end of April it is hoped that £20,000 will have been raised in order to complete the project. Earlier this month, staff from Howdens Joinery managed to raise an impressive £7,500, placing the project even closer to their goals.

The volunteering children taking part have already made a fantastic effort and raised almost £600 to put towards the project, and it is hoped this will be added to following a charity bag pack at Sainsbury’s, and a £200 donation from Barclays bank. Not only will the children be making a difference by helping to transform the garden, but they will also be building friendships along the way, both with fellow volunteers and the residents of the disabled centre.

Once the garden is complete there are plans to use the new space for barbecues, live music and birthday parties, which are just some of the events planned for residents in the transformed area.

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