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Wind wrecks oasis for Sheffield OAPs

Residents at Callow Mount with the summerhouse which was blown from its place in the garden during recent storms

Residents at Callow Mount with the summerhouse which was blown from its place in the garden during recent storms

Elderly residents of sheltered accommodation have appealed for help after their communal gardens were devastated by stormy weather.

Gale force winds swept across the green space at the block of flats in Newfield Green, Sheffield, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.

Garden gnomes were broken in two, bird tables ruined and windows of a summer house were smashed when the structure was flung several yards across the garden.

Now, with no funding for repairs, residents are appealing for help from the local community to restore the house to its former glory.

Couple Muriel Middleton, aged 75, and husband Charles, are among those who enjoyed the summer house on a regular basis.

Their daughter Julie Owen, 55, said: “It looked like something from the Wizard of Oz when the windy weather first hit.

“The summer house is like a conservatory, it looks like a log cabin and it’s used for socialising all the time.

“My mum and dad are some of the youngest there. There’s a lady who is 101 who goes down and uses it.

“It really needs taking down and putting back up again, it’s in such a state.

“Our gardener came third in a competition last year. All his work has been lost.”

The summer house was donated to the apartment block two years ago after it became the first in the UK to be fitted with a sprinkler.

 

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