The Grange Benenden Garden Project

by The Grange Benenden Garden in Benenden, England, United Kingdom

The Grange Benenden Garden Project
We did it
On 1st May 2019 we successfully raised £130 with 5 supporters in 28 days

The restore and maintain the garden at The Grange so that it is accessible, functional and beautiful.

by The Grange Benenden Garden in Benenden, England, United Kingdom

The Grange garden was carefully cultivated by it's former owner, Collingwood Ingram, nicknamed Cherry Ingram due to his dedication to ornamental cherry trees. Cherry Ingram was responsible for reintroducing the great white flowering cherry tree, 'Taihaku' back to Japan, where it had previously died out. The tree he used for this still stands proudly in the garden today along with a number of fascinating trees and plants, including his original hybrid cherry tree, 'Kursar', an Atlas Cedar tree taken as a seedling from the Atlas mountains and a 'yakushimanum' rhododendron. 

The Grange is now a residential home for adults with learning disabilities and so we are reaching out for help to restore and maintain the garden to somewhere near it's former glory and ensure that it is fit to be open to the public, the proceeds of which go to The Friends of The Grange, a charity which provides additional social and leisure opportunities to the people who live at The Grange. 

We aim to bring together local volunteer gardeners and use funds to provide equipment and refreshments, alongside commemorative plaques to identify the various notable specimens. Naturally, the gardens need a lot of upkeep to maintain their beauty and accessibility. We would also like to develop areas of the gardens to meet the sensory needs of the individuals that The Grange supports. 

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