Cramlington Property Lawyer Offers Beautiful Garden For Public Use
Sue Shaw-Toomey runs her firm Toomey Legal from the historic Cramlington Village Surveyor’s House, which first appeared on city maps in the mid-1800s.
The building was previously a family home, a funeral home for the nearby St. Nicholas Church, and a career manager’s office.
The fact that the property was once a quarry office is still very evident as the building’s garden is built deep within the remains of the sandstone walled quarry. Stretching for about 70 meters, the garden has enough space to rearrange its original vegetable garden, several lawned areas and even a secret garden accessible by a well hidden path.
“This garden is one of Cramlington’s hidden treasures and there is history everywhere you look, with the quarry walls and masonry being very important,” said Sue. “It is also very secluded and private and can be used by community groups for activities that promote wellness and good mental health.”
Sue invites local community groups and charities in Cramlington to contact her to see if she can assign sections of the garden to them to carry out various activities including creating sustainable and organic vegetable beds, planting flowers. and basic garden maintenance.
“I don’t want people to think I’m just looking for a free gardener as we already use professionals for this, but I want to make our office garden more accessible to people who really need the perks that gardens like this have. can bring, like tranquility, exercise and mindfulness, ”she said.
“We are able to provide all the necessary tools and a good cup of tea, but what we really want to give are the positive feelings you can get while working with nature outdoors. “
To kick off the Toomey Legal community gardening project, she is hosting an open house in the garden for interested parties and guests this Thursday (September 23).
It will also raise much-needed funds for a charity close to Sue’s heart and business, Oasis Community Housing, which provides quality housing to vulnerable people in the local community.
She said: “I want to raise awareness of the great work this charity is doing to help those facing homelessness.”