Loyal team comes to aid of former headkeeper
The gamekeeping team at the Rosedale and Westerdale estate in North Yorkshire has gone above and beyond to restore the garden of the estate’s former headkeeper to its former glory.
Wilf Wilson, 88, has lived in the village of Westerdale for the past 74 years. He took over as headkeeper of Rosedale and Westerdale from his late father who became keeper at the estate when he moved there after the war.
Mr Wilson retired in 2005 after half a century working in the outdoors. His garden boasted many flower beds and a productive vegetable patch, but poor health in the past few years has prevented him from maintaining it.
Jimmy Brough, current headkeeper on Rosedale and Westerdale, and his team were determined to restore his predecessor’s garden to its former glory. They joined forces to give it the attention it required — and agreed to maintain it going forward.
Mr Brough said: “There is a great sense of community and loyalty among keepers and our lads were delighted to give something back to the community — and one of our own. It was a challenge because of the weeds, nettles and hedges but we all got stuck in — even making three new garden gates for Wilf.”
Commenting on his restored garden, Mr Wilson said: “To me it’s a miracle.
I am so thankful for all the time and effort put in by the lads at Rosedale and Westerdale — they really have gone the extra mile.”
Miracle workers: Wilf Wilson and the team who restored his garden