Pictured: Jean giving her speech.
The day was well attended with a raffle, tombola, arts & crafts, plant sale and refreshments on offer. There was also a competition to suggest an appropriate name for the project which would be chosen by the group members.
The polytunnel was purchased after Track Road won a generous bid of £750 from the St Anne’s Innovation Fund. Compost, seeds and plug plants being purchased from a £250 award won by Branches Day Service in Batley from Mencap in Kirklees. The Kirklees Learning Disabilities Service at Crescentdale in Heckmondwike have kindly let the garden group have use of their land where the polytunnel has been erected.
The garden group made up of Mark Ainley from Track Road and his friends from Branches (Harold Cook, Paul Snape, Jonathan Wright and Jean Reddick) all received certificates of achievement to recognise all their hard work over the last few months. At the opening ceremony, Mark cut the ribbon to officially open the polytunnel and Jean gave a small speech.
It is hoped that the project will continue for many years to come and the group, now named "Gardeners Paradise" are already planning for next years produce.