Young Sutton gardeners dig in to help OAPs

Green-fingered young volunteers are helping elderly tenants keep their gardens spick and span and learn valuable skills.

Ashfield Homes has officially re-launched its Spade Aid project to enhance the look of Ashfield estates, supporting elderly and vulnerable tenants who have no other help available.

Students from the Sutton Community Academy, teachers and an employee from the housing organisation attend the gardens with the overall aim of giving the gardens a one-off tidy-up by taking part in pruning shrubs, removing old plants, digging over borders, raking and weeding.

Director of Housing Services at Ashfield Homes, Kelly Scott, said: “We are very pleased to be involved in supporting such a project, which actively encourages young people to take pride in their own communities and enable them to contribute positively.

“It is also hoped that the project will help young people to acquire new skills and engage positively with our older residents in our local district”

The project aims to enhance local estates by ensuring that those who have genuine difficulties in keeping garden areas maintained can receive help.

The young students involved in Spade Aid gain recognition for their local environmental work and learn new skills.

The garden project, which was introduced in 2011 began on Tuesday 29th April and continues over the Summer term. One resident said: “Our garden looks much tidier. We really appreciate it.”