Garden boost for Montpellier Court

Residents of Montpellier Court, Harrogate, celebrate their �27.5K Big Lottery Fund windfall in the soon-to-transformed garden area along with Scheme manager Lesley Walton (holding rake) and community investment manager Beverly Kelly (far right). (S)
Residents of Montpellier Court, Harrogate, celebrate their �27.5K Big Lottery Fund windfall in the soon-to-transformed garden area along with Scheme manager Lesley Walton (holding rake) and community investment manager Beverly Kelly (far right). (S)

Residents at a sheltered housing scheme in Harrogate are spending the spring months transforming a dilapidated area of ground into a fantastic new garden – thanks to £27,390 of lottery cash.

The project, which should be completed in time for the summer, has been a joint initiative between Montpellier Court in Cold Bath Road and Groundwork Wakefield, who worked to develop a design suitable to their needs and aspirations.

It has also received support from the wider community and charity Age UK.

There are 60 residents at Montpellier Court - which is managed by Guinness Care and Support and Guinness Northern Counties - who have been involved in all aspects of the work including digging the borders, planting flowers, fruits and shrubs and overseeing the construction works contract.

“We first had the idea about three years ago so it has taken a long time to get it off the ground,” said scheme manager Lesley Walton.

“When we heard we had actually got the cash we were delighted, the residents were over the moon.

“There just hasn’t really been anywhere for them to sit outside so this garden will really make a huge difference to them.”

The garden, which is being funded by Community Spaces through the Big Lottery Fund, will have a gazebo and pagoda at the entrance, with seated areas all around, a herb garden and a sensory garden.

Bruce Miller, a resident who has been involved in the application process, said residents were delighted with the award and looking forward to being able to get the most from the garden over the summer months. He thanked everyone involved with the project.