Masons donate £200 to gardens project

Scarborough freemasons have contributed to a project to restore and transform public gardens on the south side of town.

The Denison lodge of the masons has donated £200 to Saving South Cliff Gardens.

A cheque was presented to Adrian Perry of Scarborough & District Civic Society, which is involved with the project, by masons Tom Tomlinson and Alan Hargreaves.

A few months ago, the project received a massive boost when the National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded a grant of £4,665,700. It means the total funding for the scheme is now just over £7m.

This will rescue the gardens from a point of critical decline and breathe new life into them.

The project includes a single-storey wooden building with a room for meetings and for children to learn about nature. The community hub will feature possibly the first e-bike recharging point in North Yorkshire.

To be built with larch or maple to blend with the surroundings, it is an enlargement of the current gardener’s building, hidden behind bushes near the rose garden.