Tate House opens ‘a gem’ of a garden

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A SENSORY garden in a care home for blind and partially sighted people was opened last week by the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate.

The sensory courtyard and vegetable garden at the Tate House, on Wetherby Road was the result of a collaboration between the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and Age UK North Yorkshire and was supported by businesses, charities and volunteers from the district.

Spearheaded by Lynne Hallums, a long-standing RNIB volunteer and gardening project coordinator for Age UK North Yorkshire, the garden opened with a display of summer flowers and home-grown vegetables from the organic garden already in use in the care home’s kitchen.

Mayor of Harrogate Cllr Les Ellington who cut the ribbon and unveiled the commemorative plaque, said: “I am amazed by the work that has gone into this project - the Tate House garden is a hidden gem which has been reclaimed and Lynne and the volunteer team have done a wonderful job.

“The garden will be a delight to residents of RNIB for many years to come.”

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, was also there and presented Mrs Hallums with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the RNIB.

Mr Jones said: “This is a very special achievement.

“The residents, visitors and volunteers have all told me how much they enjoyed the project and the finished result.”

Work on the garden began in April with a donation of £500 from Asda’s community fund as well as funding from Age UK, North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Borough Council’s Area Committee as well as gardening tools, a greenhouse, tiles, plants and more donated by traders in the area.

To get involved with this or other similar volunteering opportunities contact the Age UK North Yorkshire DAYBREAK service on 07590 458850 or the main office on 01423 502253.