Dig deep to help Leeds centre flourish for the future

Manager of Bramley Elderly Action Lee Ingham and garden designer Mel Steventon at Bramley Lawn.
Manager of Bramley Elderly Action Lee Ingham and garden designer Mel Steventon at Bramley Lawn.
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Yorkshire Evening Post readers are being urged to muck in to help a Leeds community centre bloom.

Bramley Lawn - formerly a council-run care centre for older people, which closed four years ago - is being transformed into a social space for older people.

And volunteers are calling on readers to help fill the centre’s garden with donated plants, clippings and spring bulbs.

The new garden, which is being created by Bramley Elderly Action and social enterprise New Leaf, will be used by the community to grow fruit and vegetables and will be accessible for people with dementia.

Lee Ingham, manager of Bramley Elderly Action, said: “Bramley Lawn is going to be a friendly social space that makes life more variety, interested and fun.

“We also want to bring people of all ages together here to learn from each other.

“We are asking Yorkshire Evening Post readers if they’ll help us kick-start the garden by donating any spare plants, cuttings or spring bulbs so that we can begin to make it really bloom.”

Garden designer Mel Steventon added: “It’s been a brilliant challenge designing the garden here to make it accessible for older people and people with dementia.

“It’s really exciting to see a redundant space start to spring back into life and we hope this garden will attract lots of people who can share their skills.”

Bramley Lawn will offer activities for people, aged 60 and over in the area, including arts sessions, social media classes and a monthly Saturday walk.

Donations can be left at Bramley Lawn, which will be officially opened on Friday, at Rossfield Approach, in Bramley, for the team to plant.

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