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Helping a vandalised community garden get back on track

Earlier this month we helped Grozone Community Garden repair their much loved lion sculpture after it was damaged by vandals

Helping a vandalised community garden get back on track

Helping a vandalised community garden get back on track

Lion repair at Grozone Community GardenWe’ve recently offered our expertise to help Northwich’s Grozone Community Garden, after the project suffered extensive damage to its facilities at the hands of vandals last month.

The garden, which is managed by environmental charity Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, helps hundreds of people in the local Northwich community to make positive connections, including outdoor play sessions for toddlers, education programmes with schools, and a wide range of health and wellbeing projects, was broken into in mid-October, with the transgression seeing vandals start a fire in the garden’s yurt, before smashing sinks and urinals in the toilets and then damaging a popular painted lion statue.

Plastic Surgeon stepped in to offer a helping hand

Following an appeal for aid from local businesses, we stepped in to offer our services to help restore the Grozone lion to its former glory, with the appeal seeing many other local businesses coming forward to offer their assistance.

Steve Lloyd, one of our Operations Manager at Plastic Surgeon, said of the repair: “Having seen the news of the vandal damage we felt it only right that we should step in and offer our expertise to help in putting things right, given our specialist skillset.”

Steve continued: “The garden provides a lot of support within the local community so it’s really important that it continues to do so, and the fact that so many local organisations have rallied together to help out only serves to demonstrate the community spirit that Grozone does so much work in fostering.”

Simon Fisher, one of our specialist finishers, spent a day at the gardens last week, carefully rebuilding the structure of the much-loved lion, bringing it back up to scratch. With the structural repair job complete, Grozone volunteers will now be invited to repaint the sculpture alongside a local artist – helping to complete the restoration process.

Fantastic end result

Jon Hutchinson, Programme Director from Groundwork said of our repair job: “We’re absolutely delighted with the repair work that’s been carried out by Plastic Surgeon. They’ve really done a fantastic job – so much so that you’d be hard pressed to recognise the lion had ever been damaged. We’re extremely grateful for their help and can’t wait to get it repainted and back in pride of place.”

In 2016 Plastic Surgeon acted as the Rhino Repair Squad for Paignton Zoo’s charitable fundraiser ‘The Great Big Rhino Project’ which looked to raise money for rhinoceros conservation. A team of our finishers were tasked with maintaining dozens of life-sized rhino sculptures that had been scattered around the Torbay area as part of the zoo’s rhino trail.

Steve Lloyd said: “Our involvement as the Rhino Repair Squad provided a similar service to that of what we’ve done with the Grozone lion; rectifying damage to life-size rhino sculptures – much of which was a direct result of vandalism. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to put our skills to good use once again for a charitable cause!”

He concluded: “It’s been a pleasure to help the Grozone Community Garden, and we wish them all the best with their continued fundraising efforts.”

Grozone Community Garden has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the restoration of the garden, which can be found here if you’d like to contribute.

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