The MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, officially opened a new greenhouse at RNIB Tate House, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, on Friday 19 April 2013.
The project, part of the Age UK North Yorkshire Daybreak Service’s ‘Growing Together’ Scheme, led by Garden Project Co-ordinator Lynne Hallums, came together with the help of several locally based organisations.
Christian Deighton, owner of Olive Garden Design and Landscaping, donated the frame of the greenhouse and paving flags for the entrance, Broadacre House donated £500 toward the safety glass, Michael Powell, from Harrogate Glass, offered a discount and personal service, Harrogate B&Q donated a heater and plants and two of the ‘Growing Together’ volunteers erected the greenhouse and fitted the safety glass.
Andrew cut the ribbon, unveiled a plaque (kindly donated by De-signs & Graphics Centre) and presented gifts to people who have helped with the project and said it was a strong show of community spirit.
Andrew Jones said:
This project has seen many organisations and Age UK North Yorkshire volunteers come together to create a wonderful green area for the residents.
The weather hasn’t favoured gardeners recently, but with the shelter of the new greenhouse, kindly donated by local organisations, residents at Tate House and volunteers from Age UK North Yorkshire’s ‘Growing Together Group’, will be able to grow their own plants and vegetables all year round.
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Growing Together project co-ordinator, Lynne Hallums said:
Without the generosity of Christian Deighton, funding from Broadacres Housing, support from local businesses and all the hard work from volunteers Colin Guy and Phil Kenny, we wouldn’t be here today.
On behalf of myself, the volunteers and residents of Tate House, I cannot thank them enough. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it must be to lose ones sight and, if we can help to make a difference, no matter how small, then we have achieved something positive. That was our aim when we first started at Tate House and I think we have done that and will continue to do so.