Gar­den hon­ours cats’ carer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Char­ity vol­un­teers un­veiled a new gar­den in mem­ory of a col­league who first es­tab­lished a cat­tery in Ash­ford.

Les­lie Young was the first man­ager at the RSPCA cat re­hom­ing cen­tre in Sta­tion Road in the town cen­tre, which was set up 10 years ago.

But she died last year af­ter a bat­tle with cancer, so her suc­ces­sors de­cided to cre­ate a gar­den in her mem­ory.

Man­ager Ian Jubb said Les­lie had been the driv­ing force be­hind set­ting up the cat­tery, with big events and fundrais­ers.

He said: “She set it all up and she was here when the cen­tre took its first cats. The cat­tery was her life. She ded­i­cated a lot of time to this place.

“The gar­den is a nice place for peo­ple. It has plants used to at­tract wildlife and it’s an in­ter­est­ing gar­den as well.”

Lo­cal com­pa­nies helped do­nate plants and money for the scheme, and staff member Mag­gie Thomas in­vited her daugh­ter, Katie, to cre­ate the lay­out and de­sign.

She said: “Les­lie did a great deal of work here, and was a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor who stayed in touch with the staff and vol­un­teers.

“The idea first came about three years ago, but we only de­cided to do it about a year ago. We thought the gar­den would be a fit­ting tribute for her.” The gar­den was of­fi­cially opened by Ash­ford Mayor Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree and the May­oress Glo­ria Cham­pion with cake and a rib­bon cut­ting.

To find out more about the RSPCA in Ash­ford visit www.rsp­caash­ford­dis­

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4348846/ FM4348847 Buy pic­tures from ken­ton­

Mayor Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree and May­oress Glo­ria Cham­pion cut the cake at the open­ing of a gar­den in mem­ory of Les­lie Young; right, Les­lie’s friend Sarah Hook in the gar­den

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