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Scarborough’s volunteer gardeners secure cash for Valley Gardens

02 December 2020

A team of volunteer gardeners have received £1,000 from a housebuilder to help improve disabled access to Scarborough’s ornamental gardens.

The Friends of Scarborough Valley Gardens were awarded the funds from Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, thanks to its Community Champions scheme.

The gardening enthusiasts give their time and expertise as they support the work of the local council in maintaining and improving the popular park, which connects Scarborough town centre to the South Bay Beach.

Volunteer Felicity Stephenson said: “We are delighted to have received Persimmon Homes’ support.

“Our aim is to support the local councils work and help to enhance the gardens for the enjoyment of Scarborough residents and visitors.

“Our particular focus has been on making sure the gardens are accessible to all. We have been fundraising for the installation of a ramp, as a section of the gardens is only accessed via steep and uneven steps. This donation will help us to progress our project and focus our efforts on other aspects of the historic gardens.”

The Persimmon Homes Community Champions initiative seeks to support grassroots groups and charities in areas where the company is building. Persimmon Homes Yorkshire makes two donations of up to £1,000 every month to worthy causes.

Scott Waters, deputy managing director of Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said: “Our Community Champions scheme is all about supporting the local community and The Friends of Scarborough Valley Gardens is a perfect example of such a cause.”

To find out more information Community Champions, or to nominate a charity or organisation, visit https://www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions.

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