Workers spruce up hospice garden

The group of young volunteers from environmental charity Groundwork gardening in the grounds of Wigan and Leigh Hospice

The group of young volunteers from environmental charity Groundwork gardening in the grounds of Wigan and Leigh Hospice

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YOUNG volunteers spruced up their career prospects by developing green-fingered skills in the grounds of Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The team from environmental charity Groundwork spent six days working at the charity’s Hindley HQ as part of a scheme run by The Prince’s Trust.

The 10-strong group of 16 to 22-year-olds are taking part in 12-week programmes which develop skills to enter the workplace or continue with education or training. Project leader Dylan Turner, who is hoping to work in construction, said: “We’ve been busy clearing all the pathways, digging out nettles and weeds and cutting back plants near the in-patient unit. We’ve put new flower beds in and we’ve cleared soil. It’s not just to make the gardens look nice, it’s because it’s good for the patients and their families to have gardens to walk in.”