Volunteers lend hand to help restore Victorian garden

Veolia driver David Nottingham, contract supervisor Lee O'Brien and driver Philip Bailey
Veolia driver David Nottingham, contract supervisor Lee O'Brien and driver Philip Bailey

Volunteers from Veolia Environmental Services rolled up their sleeves to take part in a mulching session at Whinfell Quarry Garden.

More than 60 members of staff worked with volunteers from Sheffield City Council Parks and Countryside and Friends of Whinfell Quarry Garden on a shift basis to complete a two day volunteering session mulching the stunning rhododendrons and unusual azaleas.

Created at the beginning of the 20th century, Whinfell Quarry Garden is a hidden Victorian garden. Over the years, Whinfell Quarry Garden has developed an air of tranquillity and mystery largely due to neglect. In recent years, the Friends of Whinfell Quarry Garden has undertaken to raise funds, awareness and enthusiasm to reclaim and restore the garden.

Lee O’Brien, contract supervisor for Veolia Environmental Services, managed the two day session. He said: “We are very proud to have taken part in the mulching at Whinfell Quarry Garden. We had 67 volunteers that took part in either a morning or afternoon session over the two days. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and took great satisfaction in seeing the difference our hard work has made.”

David Jordan, chairman and fund raiser for Friends of Whinfell Quarry Garden, said: “I would like to say a great big thank you to Veolia for the fabulous work they undertook over the two volunteering days. The team worked really well together and have truly helped us in the restoration.”

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Volunteers from Parks and Countryside were more than happy to help out with the mulching. It was a successful day and shows what can be achieved when people pull together to make a difference.”