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Resident opens new communal garden

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Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Communities and also in Housing

Gary Hulme cuts ribbon at official opening Gary Hulme cuts ribbon at official opening

A resident has proudly opened a new communal garden at his housing scheme completed by volunteers from Groundwork’s Prince’s Trust.

Gary Hulme cut a ribbon at a celebratory event to mark the official opening of the garden at New Charter’s Beaumont Place in Stalybridge.

Groundwork Prince’s Trust team came up with the idea of the garden makeover for a summer project after visiting the scheme and its residents.

The team felt they could make a difference to the residents and offered their services to redesign and renovate their garden as part of their volunteer team activity programme.

The team of 10 volunteers designed the garden and carried out a lot of the work in very muddy conditions due to the wet summer weather. But that did not deter their efforts and they have produced a very soothing and colourful garden which Gary, his neighbours and visitors to the scheme can all enjoy.

Groundwork’s Polly Harmer said: The Team worked on a very tight budget and proved to themselves that anything is possible. Helping the people who live in the home has made the young people we work with feel proud of their actions and more confident about what they can achieve, which will help them deal with future challenges.”

Throughout the project the team worked closely with New Charter who supplied transport and the benches so residents can relax in the garden and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.

New Charter’s Tony Powell, executive director of neighbourhoods said: “We’re very thankful to Groundwork and all of the volunteers who offered their time and generosity to create this new garden which will make a difference to the lives of residents at Beaumont Place.”

Tony adds: “It’s always lovely to see people come together for a good cause and the garden looks brilliant.”

The garden project has been planned and carried out by a group of young people taking part in the Prince’s Trust team programme delivered by Groundwork, and based in Ashton.  The budget for the project was won as part of Tameside Council's 'You Choose' scheme.

Groundwork Manchester Salford, Stockport, Trafford and Tameside (MSSTT) is a social enterprise that helps people and organisations make positive changes in their communities. The next set of Prince's Trust courses starts in October 2012 at venues in Tameside, Salford, and Manchester. For more information people can contact Groundwork on 0161 220 1000.

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