Missenden Abbey’s Walled Garden will continue to help thanks to new charity
Date: 6th Jun 2017
The Walled Garden within Missenden Abbey has been handed over to a new charity which provides support, skills and work experience to adults with learning disabilities or long term illness.
Previously a Buckinghamshire County Council service, which ran from the Bucks New University-owned site for the last four years, the project was handed over to Missenden Walled Garden CIO on Thursday (1 June).
The charity was set up by a group of parents and local people to continue the service in order to ensure its future when it was decommissioned by the council.
Chareline Gibbs, a parent of a service user and Missenden Walled Garden CIO trustee, said: "We are delighted to have saved the Walled Garden so that its gardeners can continue to enjoy working together in a safe and supportive environment.
"Providing the best possible care is very important to us and we are keen that many more adults with disabilities can join us on this beautiful site. We offer varied and exciting opportunities for people to learn new skills, make new friends, and become part of a team, working together with expert staff, to help create a truly stunning, natural, wildlife friendly environment.
"We are working closely with the Great Missenden community and schools to promote wider awareness and integration for all; making this a real community asset. We have already welcomed new volunteers to our team, and would be delighted to add to our supporters network!
Eva Neupauer-Jones, General Manager at Missenden Abbey, said: “We have the Walled Garden within our grounds and it’s a huge asset. It’s great news that the council has handed over the operation to the charity so it can save this provision for local people, continue to maintain and develop the garden and supply our kitchen with their produce grown on site.”
The council agreed to support the new charity by gifting fixed assets and equipment worth more than £7,000.
Patricia Birchley, chairman of the council, said: "We hope that service users and their families will continue to benefit from the opportunities on offer at Great Missenden for many years to come. The council will continue to provide full support to any service users and their families who require help in finding support that meets their assessed needs."
Missenden Walled Garden CIO will be holding an open day on Sunday 16 July for members of the public to find out more.