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Our Fundraising Launch Day is Here!

posted 24 Oct 2014, 00:48 by Beechwood Huddersfield   [ updated 24 Oct 2014, 00:49 ]
A celebration is being held today at 'Beechwood' Leonard Cheshire home in Edgerton today, to mark progress on creating an accessible, vibrant, wildlife-friendly garden for the 26 residents. 
Assisted by local MP’s Barry Sheerman, Jason McCartney, and Kirklees Greenhead Ward Councillors, the event also 
forms the formal launch of a campaign to raise funds for the second and final phase of the garden's transformation.

In March this year, the long-planned project to bring Beechwood's dilapidated 19th century garden up to standard, got underway with the aim of creating an accessible space for residents to relax, learn gardening skills, and party in.

Working with Huddersfield-based not-for-profit organisation Environmental Alliance, the 'Making Beechwood Blossom' project had a tremendous boost by raising an impressive £10,000 from the sale of surplus flagstones.

“The money we've raised has enabled us to remodel the garden and create full wheelchair access”, explained Gemma McCorkindale, Beechwood Volunteer Co-ordinator, “We now have a superb ‘blank canvas’ which we hope to transform into a vibrant and colourful garden ready for spring and summer next year.”

Over the last couple of months dedicated volunteers from Cummins Turbo Technologies have been invaluable in getting phase one of the project completed before the onset of winter. Local contractors employed on the project have also helped out through the generous donation of time and use of machinery to get the job done.

In the next 6 months it is hoped to raise a further £20,000 to make the garden a truly special place that residents deserve.

Money raised will go towards:
  • 'Future-proofing' the new access paths with a bonded gravel surface 
  • Constructing raised beds for residents to grow vegetables and flowers 
  • Buying special tools to enable residents to plant, weed and harvest 
  • Paying for wheelchair gardening experts to engage, enthuse and support residents in leaning new growing skills 
and last but not least.... 
  • Buying all the seeds, bulbs, shrubs, fruit trees, planters and compost needed to Make Beechwood Blossom 

Local MP's Barry Sheerman and Jason McCartney helped officially launch the fundraising drive:

“The Making Beechwood Blossom project is an inspirational example of a partnership project bringing together a charity, local businesses, and volunteers to create a wildlife-friendly garden for residents to enjoy. I'm sure the business community will join with local people in backing this fundraising effort to create a garden that residents will be thrilled to call their own.”
Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield

“It's been wonderful to see what's been achieved by a dedicated team from across the Huddersfield area, for the benefit of residents who are faced with numerous challenges on a daily basis. The fundraising campaign to Make Beechwood Blossom by next spring, has my full backing, and I encourage businesses to think how they might be able to contribute.”
Jason McCartney, MP for the Colne Valley

Businesses that are in a position to assist in this second and critical phase, are invited to get in touch with Gemma and colleagues by phone or email (details below), or via the website at:

Individuals are also able to make a donation to the project online at Just Giving:
or by text: simply type BLOS99 £5 / £10 / £20 to 70070 (e.g BLOS99 £5)

To find out more:
Contact Gemma by email:
Contact Gemma by phone: 01484 429626 (Mon, Wed & Fri)