When Jerry Green first opened his inaugural animal sanctuary at Broughton in 1961, the space currently being transformed into a sensory space, was designated as an area of rest and remembrance for dogs who had passed away. With the creation of paths and beds to complement the natural habitat, the garden will be a place open to the community, where people can visit to remember their lost pets, could possibly meet their new ones through our pioneering Meet&Match® process, or simply to enjoy time in a beautiful sensory environment. 

Claire Ryan, Fundraising Manager at Jerry Green Dog Rescue said, “We are always looking to improve our facilities across all of our five centres, and have long wanted to develop a Sensory Garden at our North Lincolnshire site. We hope that the garden will serve to enrich the lives of both the local community and our own Jerry Green Rescue dogs.”

The project is now finally ready to go ahead, thanks to a grant gratefully received from Tesco – Bags of Help, and the extremely generous offer of several local businesses who are donating their time, expertise and resources to help bring the garden to life.

Leading this project is local dog lover and businessman Adam Booty, who is using his years of landscaping experience to help this dream become a reality. Adam, owner of A.P.B Garden and Property Maintenance, has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground, advising on design, sourcing contractors and will be acting as project manager during the work, seeing the garden through to completion and creating a natural haven for local wildlife whilst maintaining an accessible garden for everyone to enjoy.

Embarking on the project Adam said, “I’m delighted to be able to help such a worth while charity create something that will be a lasting legacy to one of it’s founders and provide a place of respite and calm for the community and rescue dogs. Having spent time in the space, planning and working with the team at Jerry Green Dog Rescue, it really is a haven for wildlife and a beautiful setting for people to reminisce, remember and relax.

I’m looking forward to helping to make the vision a reality.”

Claire Ryan added, “We wouldn’t be able to progress the project without the grant or the fantastic support of Adam and other local businesses who are getting involved including Travis Perkins in Scunthorpe, Goldie Tree Services, J.Martinson Grab Lorry Hire, Breedon’s Aggregates, Welton Aggregates, Howorth Timber and others.”

Travis Perkins General Manager, Mark and Steve, Plant Manager at the well-known builders’ merchants, have kindly agreed to provide plant hire for the development of the garden, saving enormous cost on the project. Goldie Tree Services owner, Andy, will be sprucing up all of the existing trees in the area, to give structured shade over select areas of the garden, as well as removing some stumps of trees long gone. As Adam Booty and his team clear grass and dirt to form the path through the sensory garden, Jonny Martinson will remove any soil that isn’t reusable, making way for the new garden to take shape. Lee Busby, of Howarth Timber has provided all the timber for the path edges, and sleepers for the raised beds in Adam’s garden design, as well as being instrumental in sourcing many vital materials for the garden.

Claire added, “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for their time, resources and donations. We will be posting regularly on the progress of the work on our website to keep everyone updated”

For more information about Jerry Green Dog Rescue or your nearest centre, please visit the website: www.jerrygreendogs.org.uk

Special thanks to all the businesses donating their time and resources. For more information about the businesses involved in supporting the project please contact:

  • Adam Boot, A.P.B Garden and Property Maintenance Services – Landscape Gardening and Property Maintenance company based in Scunthorpe at [email protected]  or telephone 07805 123713
  • Travis Perkins – Builder’s Merchants, Scunthorpe branch can be contacted on [email protected] or 01724 282829
  • Goldie Tree Services can be contacted at [email protected] or 07442 013701
  • J. Martinson Grab Lorry Hire - Jonny can be contacted on 07811 146383
  • Breedon’s Aggregates - Breedon's are kindly providing the gravel and hardcore for the path through the garden. 

They can be contacted via their website www.breedongroup.com/contact-us

  • Howarth Timber & Building Supplies - Howarth Timber can be contacted on 0330 041 5811 or [email protected] 
  • Welton Aggregates - Welton Aggregates have kindly donated the large memorial stones for the rockery in the sensory garden. Welton Aggregates can be contacted on 01754 890523
  • SPB Group – SPB have kindly donated 10 tonnes of hardcore for the path through the garden. They can be contacted on 01724 280098 or http://www.spbgroup.org/