Loyal team comes to aid of former head­keeper

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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

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