Can you assist eager kids’ garden project?

Junior Wardens from Spalding have been putting a few garden ideas together: back (from left) - Leanne Peacock; Sharon Saggs; Victoria Peacock; front - Devon Baxter; Rosie Budworth.

Junior Wardens from Spalding have been putting a few garden ideas together: back (from left) - Leanne Peacock; Sharon Saggs; Victoria Peacock; front - Devon Baxter; Rosie Budworth.

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TEENAGERS hoping to redevelop a children’s centre garden in Spalding are appealing for a helping hand from the town’s keen gardeners and businesses.

The Junior Wardens would like to create a sensory garden for the tots using the centre in Banks Avenue but won’t be able to make their project a reality unless someone comes forward with the right tools – and plants – for the job.

The project has been set up for the youngsters who all live around the Royce Road area in an effort to make it a tidier place to live.

Sam Newton, South Holland’s youth and community development worker, said: “This is a group of young people committed to improving their own local area. One reason they formed was to make Royce Road look better.

“It makes a nice change from being labelled as litter louts. They have done litter picks in the past and are putting in the commitment, time and effort.”

It’s hoped the small piece of land will be designed with a mixture of ideas from the centre manager, service users and the Junior Wardens themselves.

The group have previously written to a number of local businesses in a bid to get the project off the ground but have so far had limited success.

Mr Newton says basic garden tools, such as spades, forks and protective gloves would be appreciated. Plants are also needed to fill the flower beds.

He said: “The Junior Wardens will be doing the work but it’s the tools they need most.”

The Junior Wardens is open to anyone aged from 11-17. They meet at Spalding Children’s Centre on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Anyone over 18 interested in helping the project is also welcome to get involved by becoming a group leader. It’s hoped the project will eventually become completely community led.

l Anyone interested in contributing by either donating tools or becoming a member should speak to Derek Barnie or Sam Newton at Spalding Youth Centre on 01775 722538 or to Sam directly on 07775 997120.