Garden honours cats’ carer
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.rspcaashforddistrict.org.uk
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