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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Garden unveiled in memory of Carlisle's Mrs Botcherby

A memorial garden has been unveiled to honour the achievements of a Carlisle community campaigner known as Mrs Botcherby.

Mrs Botcherby garden photo
Friends and family at the garden

It was been created on land next to the war memorial, in the grounds of Botcherby Community Centre, because it held a special place in the heart of Elsie Baty, a tireless champion for the estate who died in March aged 82.

Helen Fisher, the community centre manager, originally came up with the idea of creating Elsie’s Garden because she had been one of the driving forces behind setting up the centre.

She added: “We’ve got the memorial cross for the fallen from World War One and I’d always had it in mind to do something there.

“She always used to lay a wreath and led the minute’s silence. It was very special to her and it seemed the right thing to do – it just brings the two together.”

Mrs Fisher said that Mrs Baty, who had dedicated more than 50 years of her life to Botcherby, had been a big loss to the area paid tribute, and said: “She was just unique. She did so much for this building and the wider community.

“Her name crops up still and somebody in this building is talking about her every day. She will always be with us.”

Building supplies companies Travis Perkins and Dalston Aggregates supplied the hard landscaping and local residents were invited to supply plants to be included in the garden.

Robert Betton, a local councillor, helped with the planting and said he had enjoyed working with the community, as well as a landscape gardener, to help with the creation of the garden. He said: “She was a very good friend to me and I have enjoyed doing it.”

Terry Scarborough, a Botcherby councillor and chairman of the community centre, added: “It’s nice to remember Elsie for the years that she contributed to the community centre and Botcherby as well. She was always a very positive and generous person.”

Jacqueline Alexander, Mrs Baty’s daughter, said it was nice that her mother was being remembered and added: “I am just taken aback by how much she was loved by everybody.”

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