Image demonstrating Northumberland teenagers complete wildlife garden project

Northumberland teenagers complete wildlife garden project

A team of teenagers taking part in their National Citizen Service this summer have helped to transform the garden at Manors sheltered housing complex in Prudhoe.

The team of twelve contacted staff at The Manors who were delighted to allow them access to their garden so they could create a habitat to attract wildlife.

The young people set about contacting local businesses asking for donations that could be used in their wildlife garden and were overwhelmed by the support and positive response they received.

Prudhoe Bargains, Prudhoe Fruit and Veg shop, McGee's of Prudhoe, Hexham Market Flower Stall, Down to Earth Garden Centre in Hexham, Tyne Valley Garden Centre Mickley and Prudhoe Youth Charity Shop all made contributions.

With £250 of funding accessed from Keyfund,  a North East charity that supports young people to achieve their potential,  they were also able to purchase garden supplies from Tyne Valley Garden Centre Mickley who kindly offered a discount.

Upon completion the Team created a display book of the work that had been done to the garden, to share  with the residents.

Andrew Elliott, Youth Participation Worker said:

“ We’d like to thank everyone who supported us and enabled this project to happen in such a short time scale. Those taking part found it hard work but great fun and really rewarding to give something back to the local community. ”

The project was run by Northumberland County Council Youth Service as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS), a national programme for 16 and 17 year olds.

This summer over 150 young people have taken part in the National Citizen Service with the Youth Service filling their holidays with outdoor adventure, new friends, new challenges and skills while making a difference to their community.

Northumberland County Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services said:

“All those young people taking part in the National Citizen Service this summer have stepped out of their comfort zone and taken on some big challenges. They  have come away with new skills for work and life and having something really special to add to their CVs which will undoubtedly help them in with future job prospects.”
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