It's Love Your GardenGamekeeper-style!

A team of gamekeepers from the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation have ensured that if an Englishman's home is his castle, then his garden should be his pride and joy.

Thursday, 16th November 2017, 3:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 11:55 am
Wilf Wilson and the team of gamekeepers who went above and beyond the call of duty to restore his dilapidated garden.

Wilf Wilson, an 88-year-old retired gamekeeper from Westerdale, has seen his dilapidated garden get a complete makeover thanks to the community spirit of a team of gamekeepers from the Rosedale and Westerdale Estate.

Wilf has lived in the village for the past 74 years. He took over as head gamekeeper of Rosedale and Westerdale Estate from his late father who was the previous keeper at the estate when he moved there after the war in 1943.

In 2005, Wilf retired after 50 years working in the outdoors as a gamekeeper and has always had a garden to be proud of with many beautiful flowers and a productive vegetable patch.

Over the last few years Wilf’s health has deteriorated and he has been unable to keep up the maintenance on his garden. But Jimmy Brough head keeper, on the Rosedale and Westerdale estate and his team of five keepers were determined to help Wilf gain some independence back and restore his garden to some of its former glory.

Wilf said: “To me it’s a miracle. I am so thankful for all the time and effort put in by the lads.”