The Green Aiders Team in Luton - which comprises of Groundwork staff and volunteers - has been busy this year clearing gardens for elderly and less able residents across the town.
Thanks to funding from by Luton Borough Council Public Health, over 30 garden clearances have been carried out free of charge for residents who can no longer take care of their own garden, or afford to have their garden cleared.
Residents have been delighted with the work:
“Thank you for the marvelous work done by the Green Aiders. I can now sit out and watch the birds coming and going and see a welcome rejuvenation of some of my old plants now they can be seen. Thank you all for bringing some sunshine back to my garden and me.” - Ms. Haldane
“I thought they were wonderful, very hard working and respectful. Beyond Belief!” - Anonymous.
As well as clearing residents gardens, the Green Aiders project offers training to volunteers. They get the chance to learn new skills, to work as a team and to get outdoors and active.
“I really enjoy working with the team and feel great from gardening all day. I think the customers are really happy with what we do for them. I like meeting new people, talking with the customers and sharing what I know about plants.” - James Crampton
“I loved working with the team and enjoyed the hard work! I really liked using the loppers too” - Matthew Widger
“I really liked helping people who can’t manage their own gardens. I really hope the project keeps going next year!” - Simon Backhouse
“I most enjoyed working in a team with other people.” - Bryan Staples.
Recently one of our volunteers Bryan, took part in our Green Skills project, after finding a love of horticulture as a Green Aiders volunteer. The Green Skills project gave him the chance to develop his experience in gardening, learn new landscaping skills and gain a CSCS card - a vital health and safety qualification that employers look for.
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