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Scout garden project cultivates social benefits

24 March 2017

Scouts have dug deep to help Shiregreen residents maintain gardens in a project that boosts social interaction between generations.

Members of the 231st Scouts cut back trees and bushes for householders as part of the Sanctuary Housing-funded Garden Adoption scheme.

In its fourth year, the rewarding project has made in-roads in bringing local young people and residents together while also supporting people to live more independently and reducing social isolation.

Melanie King, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Shiregreen, said: “The benefits of this scheme are two-fold as while working hard to maintain gardens, the scouts also chat to householders and new relationships are developed in the neighbourhood.

“By supporting community-led projects like this in Shiregreen, we see the positive difference it can make to residents of all ages.”

The Shiregreen scouts have gained recognition for their green-fingered work for this scheme and also the group’s A Million Hands project, which saw them create a new sensory garden at Sanctuary Care’s Park View Residential Care Home.

Scout leader Craig Long and the 231st scouts were rewarded with the Kath Page Green Fingers Award at Shiregreen Community Awards 2017 in February for their efforts in transforming local gardens.

Craig added: “The scouts really look forward to this garden adoption project as they enjoy seeing the immediate improvements they can make to the gardens and also spending time with residents on the estate.”

The Garden Adoption project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, which supports projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities. Anyone interested in joining Shiregreen Scouts as a youth member or adult volunteer should email shiregreenscouts@gmail.com


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