York Gate Heritage Project Coordinator recognised with regional award

A volunteer at Perennial’s York Gate garden near Leeds has been recognised with a regional award for her hard work and dedication over many months working with volunteers at the garden to create a new permanent exhibition and archive. The Leeds for Life Citizenship Awards celebrate the contribution made by students of the University of Leeds to their communities. Penny Klepuszewska is Project Coordinator on the Heritage of York Gate project, funded by players of the National Lottery through Heritage Lottery Fund, and was nominated for the Education Award by Ruth Cooke, Volunteer Coordinator at the garden. The awards ceremony took place at the University of Leeds on 4 May.

Speaking about why Penny was nominated for the award, Ruth says:

“Penny has been an incredible asset to the team here right from my initial telephone conversation with her. I could hear even then Penny’s enthusiasm for the project from many different angles; art, heritage, galleries, personal stories, to name just a few. She is the most conscientious volunteer that I have collaborated with in years of volunteer management and this award is a fitting tribute to her contribution to the garden heritage project to date.”

York Gate Garden is a one acre visitor garden in Adel Leeds, created by a local family between 1951 and 1994. It is now an internationally renowned garden, attracting visitors from all over the world, with a prominent place in garden history. In 2016 Perennial was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for volunteers to research the garden’s history, and look in depth at the lives of the Spencer family who created it. Over the coming months volunteers will create a permanent exhibition to showcase the project to garden visitors, as well as establishing a catalogued archive of memorabilia. The advertisement for volunteers went out on Leeds for Life in September 2016.

The project is scheduled to end in December 2018.


For more information about York Gate garden visit the website here.