Cheltenham SI club have added our contribution to the Centenary Tree Planting campaign with a collaboration with one of our favourite and long standing charities – the Butterfly Garden.
The Butterfly Garden is the brainchild of Chris Evans, owner of family business, Dundry Nurseries in Cheltenham. The Butterfly garden supports 70 plus adults with special needs – both physical and educational – and provides opportunities for activities, social integration and development.
There is a Nature Reserve being developed as part of the nursery , alongside a public footpath, and this gives access for everybody, wheelchair users or fully mobile, to enjoy a beautiful area and get close to nature.
After quite a difficult time for procuring trees, Chris came up trumps and found us a Liquidamber, found the perfect position and even dug the hole for our 12 foot beauty. We arranged to go and plant it and invited club members and our friends from other clubs to come along too and Cheltenham member Deborah baked the cake. We were joined by our local MP, Alex Chalk – Solicitor General, who kindly agreed to do the earth shifting!
After a long period of not being able to meet it was lovely to see and talk to our members over tea and cake – and Chris Evans updated us on future plans for a Remembrance Garden.
Our thanks go to Chris and Alex for their support and to members from Swindon and Worcester clubs.