Craven District Council and Stepping Stones team up to provide a Christmas wreath service at Waltonwrays Cemetery

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Adults with learning disabilities from the Stepping Stones project in Skipton are busy producing Christmas wreaths for people to lay on graves and memorials at Waltonwrays Cemetery.

Craven Bereavement Services, run by Craven District Council, has joined forces with Stepping Stones to provide the wreaths for visitors at the cemetery.

The adults at Stepping Stones take part in a number of horticultural activities, and also make wreaths, bird boxes, candle holders, jams, chutneys and hanging baskets as part of the project.

Kara Seremwe, Operations Manager at Stepping Stones, said: “They really enjoy getting involved with various aspects of making the wreaths.  There’s quite a lot of foraging for materials which they like doing.  They have fun decorating the wreaths and often will make one to take home.”

Michael Brown, Bereavement Services Manager at Craven District Council, said: “We know visitors to the cemetery like to place wreaths during the Christmas period and we wanted to make it easier for them to do so.

“This project means that visitors can easily order a wreath which will then be provided for them at the cemetery.  It also means we’re able to support the Stepping Stones project which is a fantastic local scheme.  It’s great to see the work they do and we’re delighted we can work with them to provide this useful service.”

Stepping Stones aims to give adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of horticulture.

The emphasis is on practical, hands-on experience backed up with regular tuition and supervision that empowers the people using the service and increases their independence and confidence.

They grow bedding plants for hanging baskets and local floral displays, manage garden maintenance and grass cutting contracts, and some members are currently taking part in an enterprise course and a customer service course.

The Christmas Wreath service is available at Waltonwrays Cemetery, Skipton. Wreaths vary in price from £15 to £20 and come in a variety of sizes and styles. Orders for wreaths can be placed up until December 2nd.

Wreaths can be collected from the cemetery office from December 5th until December 22nd between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

To place an order call Craven District Council on 01756 706247 or go towww.cravendc.gov.uk/wreaths where you can find an order form.  Order forms are also available from Waltonwrays Cemetery, the council offices at Belle Vue Square and local libraries.

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