Boxing clever to raise funds for Walled Garden

Squiffy's Wine Bar owner Gerard Bannigan, Walled Garden workers Mark Savage and Billy Craven and Walled Garden Manager Chris Searle with the bird box. (120222M6)
Squiffy's Wine Bar owner Gerard Bannigan, Walled Garden workers Mark Savage and Billy Craven and Walled Garden Manager Chris Searle with the bird box. (120222M6)

Staff and regulars at Ripon’s Squiffy’s Wine Bar have lent their support to a city charity by installing a “bird box” in the bar.

Owner Gerard Bannigan has brought the box in as an eye-catching way of collecting donations for the Walled Garden scheme - run by Ripon Community Link.

Customers who leave a donation in the bird box will also have the right to “buy” a brick in the bar’s exposed wall - where they can inscribe their own name or business name, as a lasting reminder.

Money raised from the unusual venture will go towards the Walled Garden’s community garden maintenance project - a team of people with learning disabilities who do regular work in the community of Ripon for organisations like Ripon in Bloom, Ripon Community Hospital and many of the schools and nursing homes.

Walled Garden manager Chris Searle said: “The funds will help us finance this enterprise, provide us with the tools, the transport needed, the support that the group will need, and help us develop and hopefully expand the enterprise.”

The team at the Walled Garden are currently growing plants and vegetables which are on sale at their newly opened shop in the former Victorian kitchen garden of the Bishop of Ripon on Palace Road, Ripon, which is open daily 10am-3pm.

The Walled Garden Scheme celebrates its 20th birthday this year, and hopes to hold events to mark the milestone.