Community project helps spruce up allotments

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 July 2011

Allotment opening and work experience

Allotment opening and work experience


A TEAM of young people of Weston got their hands dirty in a community project.

A TEAM of young people got their hands dirty during a community project.

The team, made up of 14 individuals aged 16-22, completed the project as part of the Prince’s Trust Team Programme 12-week self-development course at Bridgwater College.

The course aims to increase participants’ confidence and motivation for future employment or educational opportunities.

The project was based at the community allotment site run by the For All Healthy Living Centre on the Bournville estate in Weston.

Students renovated the site, clearing weeds, building raised vegetable beds and painting and restoring woodwork. The project was finished with a mural painted on a shed.

Team leader Rob Penney said: “Everyone worked really hard to make this happen. The students raised all the money needed themselves by holding a raffle, fancy dress bucket collections and asking for donations from local businesses.

“They then designed, scheduled and completed the work to a very high standard and really enjoyed the process, learning many news skills as they did so.”

The allotments were opened by Mark Graham, the chief executive of the For All Healthy Living Company.

He said: “I was delighted to see the incredible work the Prince’s Trust Team 22 had achieved on our community garden. They had gone way beyond what we had expected. They were a pleasure to work with and are great ambassadors for the potential of young people.”

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