" I feel really privileged to be able to have the opportunity to share our gardens with people who can really benefit from them."
A garden party in the grounds of a Cramlington property lawyer’s office has sown the seeds for local charities and community groups to use the garden for the benefit of others.
Sue Shaw-Toomey runs her Toomey Legal practice from the historical Surveyors House in Cramlington Village with garden space of around 70 metres. The garden is ripe to develop vegetable plots, quiet reflection areas and flower beds to enhance the peaceful tranquillity of the land.
Previously an old quarry, the garden is one of Cramlington’s hidden treasures with history everywhere you look. The garden is very private and secluded and has scope for use by community groups for activities which promote wellness and good mental health.
To launch the Toomey Legal Community Gardening Project, Sue held an open day in the garden for interested community parties and invited guests. The event also raised much needed funds for Oasis Community Housing, a charity which provides quality housing for vulnerable people. As well as the charity, also present at the event were representatives from local groups and the Mayor of Cramlington Town Council, Cllr Loraine De Simone.
“This building was previously the home of Cramlington Town Council, and its gardens are beautiful. It’s wonderful that Toomey Legal are taking care not only of the building but also our local community,” said Cllr De Simone.
Sue was delighted with the support shown for her project and is hopeful that even more community groups will come forward.
“As the tenant of this wonderful house, I feel really privileged to be able to have the opportunity to share our gardens with people who can really benefit from them. I don't think I really appreciated just what an amazing garden it is but also how well known it is in Cramlington. We’re not using it to its capacity and if we can help local charities by letting them use it, especially those involved with mental health, we’d be giving back something to the local community which would be ideal,” said Sue.
To find out more about the Toomey Legal Community Gardening Project please contact 0191 6053710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: David Smith (CEO Oasis Community Housing,) Mayor De Simone and Sue Toomey (Photo credit: The Bigger Picture)
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