A new purpose built community garden has been officially opened at the Windle Valley Centre in Bagshot.
The Memory Garden was built by Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Greenspace team and community gardener Kate Turner, who previously helped design and build the silver-guild winning Army Wives garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show 2013.
The garden was funded by a £18,000 prize from key safe company Supra, after the council won first prize in their community project competition. The project secured a further £2,500 from a community fund courtesy of Affinity Water.
Windle Valley is open to older people as a day service where users can make friends and enjoy a range of activities as well as a nutritious cooked lunch.
The garden features a range of plants with sensory qualities such as scent, foliage and texture. It compliments a new wellbeing centre which opened at Windle Valley earlier this year.
The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Joanne Potter said at the opening: “It’s wonderful to be here on such a special day at Windle Valley. The purpose of the garden is to provide an attractive space for the users of the Windle Valley Centre to enjoy as well as keep active by taking part in its upkeep.
“All the service users I’ve talked to really love coming to the centre and the new garden is a superb addition.”
Supra’s Managing Director, David Ogden, said: “It was an honour to see the Windle Valley Day Centre clients thoroughly enjoying themselves in the garden yesterday. We are very proud to be part of such a well organised and executed project and know the people involved have dedicated a lot of professional and personal time into making this garden a success.
“We wish Surrey Heath Borough Council and the team at the day centre every success in improving lives and continuing to make a real difference to the local community.”
To find out more about Windle Valley Day Centre and other Community Services go to www.surreyheath.gov.uk/communityservices or call 01276 707100.