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A Boost from Volunteers

posted 27 Mar 2014, 02:52 by Beechwood Huddersfield   [ updated 20 Jun 2014, 13:04 ]
Beechwood Leonard Cheshire home, Edgerton, garden restoration begins thanks to Ingeus volunteers

The gardens of a home for disabled people are one step closer to their former glory thanks to voluntary efforts

Igneus Volunteers

A £67,000 scheme to restore the gardens at Beechwood, Edgerton, began last month when 24 volunteers from local firm Ingeus turned out to clear borders and pathways.

The gardens of the Victorian mansion, which houses 26 adults with profound disabilities, has become overgrown and inaccessible over the years.

Leonard Cheshire Disability, which owns Beechwood, launched a volunteer recruitment drive in July, and the first to pitch in were staff from Ingeus, a Market Street business which helps unemployed people find jobs. Volunteers also chopped back years of overgrowth around the pond.

Tim Scales, from Ingeus, said: “We know residents would like to make full use of the garden, but that’s impossible right now because of vastly overgrown trees, bushes and weeds. “We all saw the project as a little daunting at first. However we are proud of what we have achieved and hope that other businesses will now step in and help with the next stage.”

Beechwood service manager Patrick Feane added: “We have an exciting vision for these grounds, and central to that is our residents being able to make full use of them. “We are a part of the local community and we want the community to be part of us, too. Ingeus has helped us believe that, whilst we’re right at the very start of our project, it will all be possible.”

If your businesses wants to get involved with Beechwood’s gardens project contact Patrick or Volunteer Co-ordinator, Gemma McCorkingdale, at the home on 01484 429626.

Beechwood, on Bryan Road, was built around 1860 as a grand residence for Huddersfield business owners. Records of wedding receptions held in Beechwood’s grounds during the 1890s recall hundreds of guests before a large, heated greenhouse was added around 1911.

The home was bought by Leonard Cheshire in 1966 and the grounds were maintained by up to 25 volunteers at once. But over the past 26 years the condition of Beechwood’s gardens has deteriorated as volunteer numbers have depleted.

Reproduced from Huddersfield Daily Examiner article 05.11.13