Youngsters help out to make garden rosy

Pictured with one of the garden features they renovated are Princes Trust volunteers (left to right)Laura Edwards, Luke waistell, Jonathan Brown, Andrew Siggins, Chris Jessop, Adam Grufferty, Stephen Cosgrove and Lauranne(cor) Clark.
Pictured with one of the garden features they renovated are Princes Trust volunteers (left to right)Laura Edwards, Luke waistell, Jonathan Brown, Andrew Siggins, Chris Jessop, Adam Grufferty, Stephen Cosgrove and Lauranne(cor) Clark.

A TEAM of youngsters put smiles on the faces of the elderly and disabled by sprucing up a day-care garden that had fallen into disrepair.

Ten young people – aged between 16 and 25 years old and part of the Prince’s Trust – went to the Peterlee Day Centre, in Essington Way, Peterlee, and carried out a whole host of improvements.

Chairs and benches were varnished, flower beds were weeded, and paving stones were put down much to the users’ delight.

Team leader Martin Copley said the Princes Trust members, who are based at The Prince’s Trust Team Room, in Yoden Way, Peterlee, all enjoyed their tasks and got a great sense of satisfaction at seeing the day centre’s users so happy.

“The kids had to find a community project to do at the start of the programme and someone mentioned the day centre,” he said. “Apparently it lost funding to have its gardens maintained and they were once award-winning apparently.

“So we went round, had a look at what we could do and then went and did it.

“The people at the centre loved having young people around and some of the elderly people even joined in doing a bit of weeding.

“The young people loved it and got a great sense of satisfaction. Sometimes there’s a bit of friction with old and young people coming together but this was different.

“It was rewarding to see them all getting on so well.”