Garden is transformed by Prince’s Trust members

Max Tweedy helping to create the new garden
Max Tweedy helping to create the new garden

RESIDENTS of a care home can enjoy transformed grounds thanks to a team of volunteers.

The 11 members of the town’s Prince’s Trust programme chose to brighten up the garden area of Elizabeth House as part of their 12-week personal development programme.

They raised funds for the project with a 12-mile hike up Kingley Vale and bag packing in Morrisons.

They were also helped by the home which contributed funds towards the materials needed.

Jace Cash, of the town’s Prince’s Trust provider Creating Futures, said: “Once they had gathered sufficient materials the team set to work carrying out their planned tasks for transforming the garden.

“This included laying a patio to lay a boat on, building a bird house, levelling tree stumps and turning those stumps into something creative.”

They also put up trellises and planted flowers to create a colourful scene.

Before this, the hard-working team had its work cut out by having to reclaim the overgrowing garden by removing the brambles and leaves.

Project co-ordinator Roy Newnham said: “Once the project was completed, staff, visitors and the volunteers themselves were amazed at the difference.

“It’s a fantastic job and the 11 team members deserve huge congratulations for all their hard work on the project.”

The next community project by the High Street-based Prince’s Trust is due to start on January 26. Anyone who would like to join in or is in need of help with such a scheme should text TEAM to 07523 93398.

The Prince’s Trust team programme is a 12-week personal development and teamwork project delivered by Creating Futures for 16 to 25-year-olds.

This voluntary programme encompasses many different aspects, including a week-long team building residential trip, work experience, a voluntary community project and a final presentation.

The course is designed to develop young people’s skills in order to prepare them for a work environment as well as motivating them to work towards a City and Guilds certificate. The programme ends with a presentation evening where the young people recall their experiences.