Peterborough community garden gets new look after 100 hours of volunteer effort

Volunteers have finished works to refresh a community centre garden in Peterborough.

Sunday, 13th September 2020, 4:23 am

Local councillors Irene Walsh, Graham Casey and Heather Skibsted, as well as members of the Rotary Club of Peterborough Ortons and Peterborough Rotaract Club, have been volunteering their time each Saturday for the last few months to give the much used garden at the Goldhay Centre in Paynels a new breath of life.

From re-painting the garden furniture and fences to pressure washing the paving slabs and mowing the grass, they have collectively put in more than 100 hours of volunteering time while maintaining social distancing and wearing personal protective equipment.

The councillors have also used some of their Community Leadership Fund to purchase a new cover for the marquee that is utilised by the groups using the community centre, while the Rotary Club has also purchased a new bench which is wheelchair friendly to support the disabled users of the centre, which is the home of Family Voice Peterborough.

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From left: Nick Cottingham (Peterborough Ortons Rotary Club president), Piper Hebditch (Peterborough Rotaract), Louise Ravenscroft (CEOl Family Voice Peterborough), TJ Eldred (Peterborough Rotaract), Shailesh Vara (MP for North West Cambs), Rylan Ray (District Rotaract representative, Peterborough Rotaract Club vicepPresident), Cllr Heather Skibsted, Cllr Graham Casey and Cllr Irene Walsh

The charity supports children and young people with disabilities or additional needs, as well as their families.

The new-look garden was visited by MP for North West Cambridgeshire Shailesh Vara last weekend.

Both the Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club are seeking new members.

The new-look garden