Cen­tre cel­e­brates 25 years

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

IVER En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre is quar­ter of a cen­tury old this au­tumn and has planned a whole raft of ac­tiv­i­ties to celebrate. On Septem­ber 8 the ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre held a spe­cial Vol­un­teers Event to kick off the fes­tiv­i­ties, which thanked ev­ery­one who has been in­volved with the cen­tre over the past quar­ter 25 years.

Man­aged by Ground­work South on be­half of Na­tional Grid, the award win­ning cen­tre is within the Colne Val­ley Park, which is also hap­pens to be cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this year.

Ian Glover, sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager for Na­tional Grid, said: “Iver has been at the cor­ner stone of our sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy and is an in­spi­ra­tion to us all.”

Over 40,000 chil­dren have vis­ited the cen­tre dur­ing the last 25 years and the cen­tre has the long­est run­ning hor­ti­cul­tural ther­apy cen­tre in the re­gion, sup­port­ing thou­sands of peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and help­ing them in­te­grate back into so­ci­ety.

De­bra Frankiewicz, the Iver En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre man­ager, said: “Its over­whelm­ing to see the sup­port that has been given so gen­er­ously by all our stake­hold­ers over the past 25 years to make Iver the mag­i­cal place it is to­day.”

One of the vol­un­teers, Si­mon, said: “Iver has been like a home to me for the past 20 years. The cen­tre and staff have given me the sup­port I’ve needed to de­velop as a per­son and give back to my lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Lou Kizwini, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor from Ground­work South, said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to see the im­mense im­pact Iver has made over the past 25 years to sup­port­ing those in­di­vid­u­als that need help to re­build their lives.”

Visit www.iver­na­ture. co.uk for more.

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