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Park Life – Keeping Harrogate District Blooming


Valley Gardens
Valley Gardens

Keeping Harrogate and District Borough  ‘Blooming’  is down to Sue Wood and her industrious team. Sue gave us a real insight into ‘Park Life’. Sue is the Horticultural Officer for Harrogate Borough Council. She curates many of the fantastic displays residents and visitors see in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Pateley Bridge, Masham and Boroughbridge. beautiful floral public spaces brings joy to the soul. The parks and The Stray provide places where people can exercise, have fun and enjoy sport. Over 3 million people visit the Valley Gardens every year – Sue knows this because there is an electronic counter system at the entrances. Sue gave us a look behind the scenes at the busy nursery at Harlow Hill and her industrious team who work so hard from cutting the grass on the Stray to planting out the fantastic displays. A very enlightening evening.

Sue Wood with President Sylvia Purser
Sue Wood with President Sylvia Purse

We also recalled that Club members helped sponsor the trees on the Cherry Tree walk on the Stray over 65 yrs ago to celebrate The Queen’s Coronation. We are also proud that our friendship link with Soroptimist International of  Hirakata Chuo is recognised by the planting of a maple tree in the Japanese Garden in the Valley Gardens.

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