Trees galore for Green Steps, Cheltenham

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Trees galore for Green Steps, Cheltenham

Gardeners at the Green Steps gardening project in Cheltenham are now surrounded by trees, thanks to an anonymous gift, North Glos Mencap and Cheltenham's midwives!

Cllr Alan Pearce, Cabinet Member for Young People, who was at the project's official opening this summer said: "It was a very hot day and there was a complete lack of shade for the gardeners. An anonymous friend of the project asked me to present a cheque to Ann Attwood, a parent of one of the gardeners, who was instrumental in bringing about the move of the project to Green Steps. He asked that the tree had a plaque to say it was given in memory of all the midwives who have supported babies born with disabilities. His mother was one of these midwives, who had worked at the old St Paul's Hospital in Cheltenham - with Ann Attwood!"

Unable to decide what sort of tree to buy, staff at Green Steps and Ann asked the current midwives of Cheltenham who suggested an ash, which is now flourishing at theTewkesbury Road site.

North Glos Mencap has also played a big part in transforming the site. They donated enough money for 50 fruit trees - selected with the help of a local nursery - to bring colour and shade, not to mention a variety of apples, pears, green gauges, plums and walnuts to the project.

The organisation also provided money for a large pond, including pond liner, pond pump and a strong grid to go over it - so people can sit in their wheelchairs by the pond and watch the fish. A team from BBC Radio Gloucestershire started digging the pond in the autumn as part of its Make a Difference day. Service users and staff from Green Steps finished the job by hand - the pond is now 16 foot in diameter, four feet deep and includes a double waterfall.

Ann Attwood said: "It's such a huge joy to sense the excitement and pleasure Green Steps is giving to the gardeners."

Posted : 07/12/2006 08:26:03

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