Sue Surkes puts her green fin­gers to use in Jerusalem

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

HOR­TI­CUL­TUR­AL­IST Sue Surkes has de­signed a unique Chil­dren’s Dis­cov­ery Gar­den which will open in the 30-acre Jerusalem Botan­i­cal Gar­dens in Is­rael.

A for­mer jour­nal­ist from Manch­ester, Ms Surkes, 48, be­came in­volved with the Jerusalem Botan­i­cal Gar­den af­ter mak­ing aliyah in 1991 and study­ing hor­ti­cul­ture.

She tells Peo­ple: “It will be the only one of its type in Is­rael, if not the Mid­dle East.” The project has been given plan­ning con­sent and is now in the fundrais­ing stage. The aim, says Ms Surkes, is for chil­dren of all ages to swing through tree roots and up into branches, climb on rocks, view but­ter­flies and splash in a wa­ter sculp­ture. “It’s a re­ally fab­u­lous project. They had been think­ing of build­ing a chil­dren’s play area but I wanted to do some­thing more than that. I get lots of ideas from my two sons, seven and nine. They have been my con­sul­tants. Chil­dren have a very in­ter­est­ing re­la­tion­ship with na­ture.”

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