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£38k heritage garden project off the ground

Tony Pass and Edmund Southworth present �38,000 to Arbory School from the fund left by Donny Collister

Tony Pass and Edmund Southworth present �38,000 to Arbory School from the fund left by Donny Collister

  • by Jackie Turley
 

A heritage garden will be created in the grounds of Arbory School using money left by late Colby resident John Donald Collister.

Manx National Heritage director Edmund Southworth and Manx Museum and National Trust chairman Tony Pass presented a cheque for £38,000 to the school to launch the project last week.

The heritage garden will be a collaboration between the school and the community – and it is hoped it will build a relationship between the old and younger generations of the community.

There will be a large educational aspect, including beds that will reflect aspects of the curriculum.

It is expected that the garden will take three years to fully create.

The aim of the project is to develop traditional skills and use the knowledge and experience of local people in the community while developing a sense of pride and place in young people.

Colby resident and former Manx Regiment member Mr Collister, known as Donny, died in 2007 at the age of 93, leaving his wartime memorabilia, plus a large sum of money to MNH.

The first grant of £24,000 was awarded to the Laa Columb Killey Committee last year, to buy a new exhibition tent.

The Quilliam Group was later awarded £15,000 towards funding the installation of a new stained glass window at Arbory Church commemorating Captain John Quilliam.

 

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