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Manchester

Property professionals dig deep to create sensory garden at Ladybarn Community Centre in Fallowfield


Manchester, 15th July 2009 – A new sensory garden has been created at Ladybarn Community Centre in Fallowfield, South Manchester in a joint initiative organised by property professionals from the Manchester offices of international law firm Pinsent Masons and global property advisers Jones Lang LaSalle.

The new garden and redecoration of the centre’s main entrance was made possible by a team of 12 volunteers (six from each firm) who were responsible for all aspects of the project including the garden’s design, labour and fundraising for materials. 

The project culminated in the team of volunteers giving up their normal working day on Friday 10th July to plant herbs, fruit and vegetables and flowers, as well as installing a number of interactive features including wind chimes to allow children to learn more about the natural environment by using the senses of sight, sound, touch and smell.

Krysia Griffiths, from Ladybarn Community Centre, said: “The sensory garden is a fantastic new resource which will broaden the learning experiences of all our children using the centre. It’s remarkable how one day can change things so dramatically, our centre looks far more welcoming and attractive which really matters.  We are extremely grateful to the volunteers from Jones Lang LaSalle and Pinsent Masons who, together, dedicated a lot of time and considerable effort to create this exciting environment.”

In addition to creating the sensory garden, the volunteer team also painted the front railings of the centre. This included refreshing the colour scheme of the existing metal shapes attached to the railing which were painted in a variety of bright colours to make the entrance more appealing.

Heather Morrey, director from Jones Lang LaSalle, added: “To make the garden a reality the volunteers organised a variety of fundraising activities including a dress down day and cake sales to raise enough money to buy all the necessary materials which was also  supported by some central funding from both organisations. In all a total of £1,000 was raised - which is testament to the hardwork of the volunteers and the support of their business colleagues.”

Pamela Young, partner from Pinsent Masons, concluded: “Delivering this project for the Ladybarn Centre has been a great opportunity for both Pinsent Masons and Jones Lang LaSalle to give something back to our local community. It is very satisfying that both firms were able to successfully join together to deliver this long awaited garden for such a good cause. We hope the garden will be enjoyed for many years to come.”
 

Notes to Editors:
Ladybarn Community Association is an active community project based in a purpose-built centre in Fallowfield, South Manchester. The centre provides weekly activities and services for the local community. Some services are provided by part time staff and others are entirely voluntary led.

Ladybarn Community Association exists to work with the local community and in partnership with other local organisations to develop opportunities for local people through the provision of activities that meet the needs of the local community