A tour of Locko Park in Derbyshire and a generous donation from Ockbrook Training Group raised £8,375.
The Ockbrook Training group, which previously ran arable and vegetable classes, recently amalgamated with the Derbyshire Proficiency Committee to form Derbyshire Landskills. Ockbrook decided to kindly donate the remainder of their residual capital, a sum of £7,427, to R.A.B.I.
Mick Marshall, head gardener of Locko Park, led guests on a tour of the park’s impressive gardens. Halfway through the tour, guests enjoyed a performance from soprano Alicia Hill in the chapel before moving onto the glass veranda where a buffet, supplied by Bluebells Farm, awaited. A magician entertained guests while they ate.
At the end of the evening Geoff Brown, chairman of Ockbrook Training, presented a cheque to Bill Dilks, chairman of R.A.B.I’s Derbyshire committee. Margaret Scott, who is chair of the newly-formed Derbyshire Landskills, was also involved in the presentation.
Pictured are Derbyshire committee members, left to right, Graham Hinds, R.A.B.I regional manager Mary Martin, Jean Dilks, R.A.B.I committee chairman Bill Dilks, David Boddy, Angela Sargent, Sarah Booth and Sue Hall.