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(L-R) Clive Wakely from AJ Wakely and Sons Ltd, Louise Burks, director of The Gardens Group and Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group

Working with the local community is part of daily life at The Gardens Group, and something that everyone who works here embraces, so it was a real honour to receive an Outstanding Contribution Award at the Western Gazette Business Awards on Thursday evening!

 

Louise and I had no idea that we were up for this award, but we are of course delighted to receive it, especially in the year that Brimsmore celebrates its 25th anniversary and Castle Gardens celebrates its 30th. The Gardens Group was recognised for its long standing and considerable contribution to the Dorset and Somerset business community over the past 30 years, and we were selected by the judges for our “willingness to give time for the cause of the business and others in the community.”

 

Awards are always a real boost and a good opportunity to remind us about the importance of local businesses supporting each other to ensure that communities thrive. Working in partnership with all types of community groups helps us to forge stronger, healthier ties, and we believe that this ultimately benefits of everyone.

 

Mike

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We’re always extremely proud to support local initiatives that encourage the community, especially the younger generation, to get gardening, so last Friday Adam, Steve and Mark planted eight new trees on Stilby Road in Yeovil, as part of a new community project led by Westfield Community Association. The resident-run group, which is working to improve local communal green space, also enlisted the help of six Year 8 and 9 students from Westfield Academy, otherwise known as the Green Space Invaders, who all braved the cold weather and helped dig, plant and secure the trees on the plot, just up the road from their school.

As well as having a positive impact on our own wellbeing, beautiful green spaces are essential for wildlife too, so this project is definitely one to get behind. We hope the students enjoy looking after the trees and that the local community will feel a sense of pride in their new surroundings, drawing pleasure in watching the new plants blossom, grow and change throughout the seasons.

Mike

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L-R Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, Amy Brice, director at Freshly Ground PR, Dr Andrea Keltey from FOLD, Christine Stevens, chair of FOLD, Eddie Trim, secretary of FOLD and Barry Watts, coordinator of The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and receives financial support from FOLD.

L-R Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, Amy Brice, director at Freshly Ground PR, Dr Andrea Keltey from FOLD, Christine Stevens, chair of FOLD, Eddie Trim, secretary of FOLD and Barry Watts, coordinator of The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and receives financial support from FOLD.

Tea, cake and bubbles helped get FOLD’s 60th anniversary celebration underway on Tuesday. Set up in 1955, FOLD is a very inspirational charity, supporting and enhancing the lives of people with learning disabilities in North Dorset.

It was an absolute pleasure to host the celebrations and hear all about the innovative projects that the volunteers have carried out, from helping individuals overcome personal hurdles to assisting them with moving onto independence with items for their new home, such as cookers, carpets and the hire of a removal van.

The celebrations welcomed local businesses and residents from across the community, as well as representatives and service-users from the organisations that receive support from FOLD. One of these organisations is The Green Shed, which is based at Castle Gardens and run by Tricuro and offers hands-on working opportunities for adults with learning difficulties.

We wish FOLD a very happy birthday and many more to come.

Mike

For more information about joining FOLD, donating or to find out more about the support that FOLD provides in North Dorset, please contact Eddie Trim, secretary, at foldnorthdorset@hotmail.co.uk.  

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