The Milntown Estate’s 15 acres of gardens in Ramsey are set to look all the more magnificent after the charitable trust received a Celton Manx Recognition award to fund the purchase of new gardening tools and equipment.
Garden manager Adam Quayle said: ‘We’re extremely grateful to Celton Manx for this award as our aim is to encourage the widest possible access to and use of the Milntown Estate. The gardens are central to this, not only as an attraction in themselves, but also as an educational aid for visiting schoolchildren. In addition, we work alongside such organisations as the Isle of Man Prison and Probation Service and their community service workers, as well as Training Services, providing placements for the unemployed to gain valuable hands-on experience. For such individuals having good quality tools can make a very real difference as it encourages a sense of self-worth and purpose, so we are also grateful to Cannell’s Agricultural Supplies for generously supplying the tools at cost price in support of Milntown’s community work.
‘To maintain the estate’s 15 acres we rely heavily on our team of volunteer gardeners. They will now be able to undertake a wider range of tasks for which our old equipment was unsuitable, so it’s thanks to Celton Manx’s Recognition scheme that we’ll be able to continue developing the gardens and enhance the appeal of the Milntown Estate.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘The Milntown Estate is an important Manx attraction making a positive contribution to the island’s tourism industry. It is also investing time and effort in the local community. As a business with corporate social responsibility embedded in its culture Celton Manx applauds the aims of the Milntown Trust, so has been pleased to support Adam and his team with this Recognition award.’
The Recognition programme aims to recognise and support the island’s lower-profile charities and not-for-profit organisations with only limited resources in order to fund, develop and promote their services.
In 2018 Celton Manx made 25 Recognition awards. Applications for the Recognition Programme 2019 will open in November 2018.
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery is pictured with Milntown’s garden manager Adam Quayle and Aline Cannell, owner of Cannell’s Agricultural Supplies