Release Date: 14-Mar-2012
Residents of the Lyn Royd retirement living complex in Linthwaite, Huddersfield, have been given a helping hand to tidy up their community garden, courtesy of KNH, Groundwork's @myurbangreen programme and a host of local volunteers.
The Lyn Royd clean up crew
The event, organised by KNH and Groundwork, enabled members of the local community to help the residents improve their community garden, which had become overgrown and in need of some new plants.
Two groups of enthusiastic year five pupils from Linthwaite Clough Junior Infant and Early Years School enjoyed the opportunity to get involved. The children were given the chance to learn how to use different gardening tools, clear litter and leaves, take part in a potting workshop, and plant fruit trees.
Several residents of the housing complex are involved with the upkeep of the garden having taken part in a ‘grow-your-own’ scheme last spring, established by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing.
The clean-up gained a very positive response from the school children, who were keen to re-visit the garden: Year five pupil, Charlie, commented:
“Some people don’t care about the environment; I wish people would pick up their rubbish.”
Classmate, Frankie, added: “I hope we can come again, lots and lots, every week!”
The children’s wishes may soon be granted as the school is now looking to make a regular arrangement for the children to take part in outdoor environmental activities.