The new purpose built shop at Ripon’s Walled Garden is now open for business.
The garden, which provides training for adults with learning disabilities, has been able to open the with a little help from Ripon firm Wolseley UK.
The company donated £500 which helped pay for the electrics.
The new shop, which was opened by the Mayor of Ripon Coun Mick Stanley, sells everything from Christmas trees to chutneys.
Manager of the charity project on Palace Road, Chris Searle, said: “We would like to thank Wolseley for their donation which allowed us to install all the electrics to our timber-framed shop which the Mayor kindly opened last weekend.
“We are now open for business seven days a week thanks to the generosity of Wolseley and others in our community who have kindly contributed to our new retail premises.”
Organisers hope that in addition to the garden offering employment to people with disabilities, the shop will add the dimension of retail work experience too.
“Now is one of our busiest times of the year in the run up to Christmas. We have hundreds of Christmas trees for sale, from 2ft to 20ft and the shop has allowed us to add things like decorations, cards, seeds, wreaths and gift wrapped chutneys to our range, amongst the Christmas basics of course - the sprouts!”
Coun Stanley, said he was very impressed with the garden and shop.
“What Chris and the staff have done at this charity project over the last couple of years is inspirational.
“ I had no idea that had so much on offer, particularly at this time of year and I wish them luck over this Christmas season.”
The new shop is open at the Walled Garden which is located in the walled kitchen garden of the former Bishop of Ripon’s palace, Palace Road, Ripon from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm every weekend until Friday, December 23.
The Walled Garden helps adults with learning difficulties learn new skills and provide a service to the community.
Among other things they can create floral displays for local businesses, workers will maintain gardens for private houses and local organisations, perform garden makeovers and take an active part in Ripon in Bloom.
Walled Garden workers also help with Parish caretaking working with several local villages to help improve their environment.
If you would like to know more about the charity and its work call 01765 609229 or log onto www.riponwalledgarden.org.uk