Do you have a few hours spare? Helping hands needed for garden transformation
On Saturday 16th April – just days before the opening of the new Dementia Village – a group of 34 young people aged 14-17, armed with forks and spades, tackled a project at the Community Hub in Bowthorpe intended to support people with dementia, their carers and the wider community.
Despite the forecast downpours and sleet, the youth group from the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in Eaton donned their wellies and waterproofs and set about the initial work for creating paths to access raised beds, a sensory garden and living wall, and preparing and seeding wildflower areas.
Organised into 5 teams, each led by two 17 year-olds and supported by one or two adults, these young people demonstrated absolute commitment to the idea of giving themselves to improve life for an older generation. In two and a half hours they transformed the area: digging out and removing heavy soil and turf to create paths in readiness for aggregate to be laid; dismantling existing raised beds, clearing vegetation and then reconstructing in new position; turning over the sticky clay soil and sowing a mixture of wildflower seeds courtesy of Grow Wild and Kew Gardens.
“Everyone worked fantastically hard and it was an absolute pleasure working with the group. Their interaction has been a great help in getting our garden design off the ground with a flying start. Well done to all!”
If you have a few hours spare and fancy getting your hands dirty then please get in touch! You don’t need experience – just a willing attitude and the desire to get some fresh air and help your community hub.
Call: 01603 740107
or better still pop in for a chat – we’re right next door to Bowthorpe Church