Young gardeners to exhibit work at Tatton RHS Flower Show
Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Housing and also in Communities
Young gardeners have volunteered more than 200 hours of their time outside school to design and build a show garden which is being exhibited at a top regional flower show later this month.
The group of 50 children aged from 8 to 16 have been working over the past six months to create a masterpiece which they will showcase at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (18 – 22 July).
The garden titled ‘A year in the life of DreamScheme’ is a 10mtr diameter circular garden divided into four sections depicting the different seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter.
It features mosaic flagstones, decorative pebbles and willow weaved animals, all carefully handcrafted by the young designers. A potting shed will sit in the middle of the garden as the focal point, bringing all the seasons together.
The young people volunteering on the garden are members of ‘DreamScheme’, a project run by Tameside’s largest provider of social housing, New Charter Homes.
The DreamScheme project was adopted by the housing association in 2005 to encourage young people to take part in safe and organised out of school activities by offering rewards in return.
Many of the children have worked on gardening projects on their estates to improve communities and for each project they do, they earn points which can be cashed in for days out.
New Charter has been entering the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park for the past two years and in 2010 the DreamScheme youngsters achieved a Bronze medal for their first show garden.
the young people will be attending the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park to show off their garden to the public and answer any questions.
Tony Powell, New Charter executive director of Neighbourhoods said: “Our show garden has been built and designed entirely by young volunteers with a helping hand from our staff. The children are competing against some big companies in their category but are not put off by that and it’s great to see their enthusiasm and the amount of effort they’ve thrown into the project.”
Tony adds: “We believe very much in empowering young people and that’s why we adopted the DreamScheme project which we run in our key regeneration areas. The project is very successful and, not only does it give young people something to do when they’re not in school, it helps to improve communities and bring people of all ages together.”
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