Bellerby community garden gets new bench

Garden volunteers Kim Finlayson, Anne Flecchia, Lynn Watkinson, Marcia and Steve Singleton with Cllr Karin Sedgwick.

A community garden in Bellerby as a new addition to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Developed from a disused allotment four years ago, Bellerby Community Garden is intended as a place the whole village can enjoy visiting.

Much of the work clearing the overgrown site in Church Street has been completed by a steering group of villagers.

A number of grants plus donations from local businesses and individuals funded its development.

In commemoration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the garden now has a suitably inscribed bench paid for by Cllr Karin Sedgwick out of her locality budget.

After a hard day’s toil it is possible to admire the fruits of one’s labour or just sit in peaceful contemplation in a quiet place.

Group spokesman Steve Singleton said: “The Community Garden Group are all thankful for Karin’s support over the last few years; it has made a big difference.

“The bench will have roses on either side and will be complemented by a Jubilee flower bed.”

Future plans include: raised beds, a central feature of a circular stone wall, paving for wheelchair access, fruit trees, picnic tables and a children’s mud kitchen.

The garden is expected to be fully-completed next year.