Buckpool sheltered housing residents open their new garden

Residents and their guests can now play draughts or go bowling in the new garden.
Residents and their guests can now play draughts or go bowling in the new garden.

A BUCKPOOL SHELTERED Housing development has been the scene of celebrations following the completion of a major garden renovation project this year.

Hanover Housing Association’s Burnside Court development has undergone a huge project that created more communal space, new flower beds – and even an outdoor bowls lane and draughts area.

To mark the completion of the project, several residents sold their home-made arts and crafts at an opening garden party – with all proceeds going to charities. Residents were also able to shop for such as fruit and veg within the complex as local businesses and individuals joined them on the complex and set up stalls.

One of Burnside Court’s oldest and longest residing residents, Magnus Ingles, who has helped look after the garden for over 18 years, had the honour of cutting the ribbon.

The new garden was made possible through a near-£10,000 grant from the National Lottery and assistance from 39 Engineer Regiment at Kinloss Barracks, who carried out essential ground survey work.

1.Magnus Ingles, one of Burnside Court’s oldest and longest residing residents, cutting the ribbon to open the garden.
Magnus Ingles, one of Burnside Court’s oldest and longest residing residents, opens the garden.

The residents themselves raised over £1000 to put towards the garden, with Darren Irvin Builders donating £1200 and Hanover Housing Association donating some of the furniture.

Derek Thompson, Chair of Burnside Court Residents Association expressed his thanks on behalf of the committee, telling insideMoray: “This has truly been a partnership of organisations making a difference.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated their time and money, the residents for their ideas, suggestions and their fundraising over the past 18 months, and to everyone else who has donated and planted flowers and assisted in any way making this garden a reality.

“A special thank you to Marie, our Sheltered Housing Manager, for her guidance and support throughout the entire venture and to the Hanover Scotland staff in the Elgin office for all their assistance.”

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