Blooming great planting project

Left to right: Abigail Toone, Danny Schofield, Danny Lannon, Michael Openshaw and Anthony Holroy
Left to right: Abigail Toone, Danny Schofield, Danny Lannon, Michael Openshaw and Anthony Holroy
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UNEMPLOYED young people helped transform a patch of flooded allotment ground into a planting area as part of a community volunteering programme.

The 14-strong team from The Prince’s Trust carried out three days of work on the Lilford Park allotments in Leigh, turning over around 200 square metres of ground and adding fertiliser and compost to improve the drainage and soil quality.

The 13-strong team, aged between 16 to 20 and an employed adult volunteer, carried out the work as part of a 12-week course offered by the charity.

It aims to help young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) gain work experience and valuable skills.

As part of the course, they also spent three days at Hunter Lodge, a clubhouse for people with disabilities, where they laid a crazy paving terrace with wheelchair access to be used for poetry readings and other events.

Prince’s Trust youth development officer Sarah Hill said: “They are a really good group and have achieved everything they’ve put their minds too.

“They’ve done really well to turn over such a large patch of ground at the allotment in just three days, because the ground there is very heavy and full of clay.

“It will take a couple of months for the new soil to settle, but the allotment holders are so pleased that they have already invited the team back in summer to help plant apple trees, which should be nice.

“This team is a bit different to others we have had as they are not all from one area, quite a few of them come from the outskirts of the borough, but they’ve clicked and gelled into a group very well.”

The group will now prepare for a mid-course presentation ceremony, before heading off for a fortnight-long work placement.