Young people dig deep at garden

PRINCE’S Trust volunteers breathed new life into a run-down garden at a disabled centre.

Youngsters from Wellingborough Prince’s Trust joined forces to renovate the area that was covered in weeds, shrubs and rubbish at Oxford House, which provides day care for disabled adults.

Team leader Siobhan Peters said: “The young people went out into the community themselves and searched for projects.

“They raised £630 by packing bags at Sainsbury’s and going out into the Swansgate Centre in fancy dress.

“They then had to plan the renovation, get together the materials and tools and design and plan what they were going to do.”

During the first week of the two-week project, the 20 youngsters had to work in the snow.

Siobhan added: “They cleared a huge area of rubbish, pulled up weeds from all the flower beds, levelled all the ground out and put down a membrane. They painted benches, fencing and sheds and also created a vegetable patch for the service users.

“They were very professional and did a fantastic job.”

Team member Laura Dillon said: “I’ve never done any gardening or anything like it before. It was hard work but I enjoyed it.”

The Prince’s Trust helps young unemployed people aged between 16 and 25 to learn skills that will help them in the workplace. The next 12-week course begins on April 30. For more information call Siobhan on 07909 924996 or email speters@tresham.ac.uk