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Pictures: Rushcliffe Scouts improve community garden for 10th Anniversary

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rushcliffe Scouts each group was asked to undertake a community improvement project.

The Scouts at 1st/2nd West Bridgford Scouts thought it would be a wonderful idea to work with the neighbouring Metropolitan Homes Church Croft sheltered housing complex on Stratford Road, West Bridgford to identify what they could do to improve the grounds for the residents.

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The Scouts approached Denise Walls, Scheme Manager of Church Croft to ask what they could do to help. Denise advised that the residents had recently requested that an overgrown flowerbed be transformed into a wildflower bed to attract wildlife such as bees and butterflies, however they needed someone to do this for them. It was agreed that the Scouts would undertake this project and would seek donations to turn the bed into something special!

The idea was shared with residents who were delighted that the young people would undertake such a challenging project.

The Scouts got to work and approached Streetwise to request their support in preparing the plot, Streetwise kindly cleared the weeds and nettles and dug the soil over in preparation for the planting.

1st/2nd West Bridgford Scout group contacted local businesses, charities and residents to request donations and were overwhelmed with the responses. Brook Farm, Moores Garden Centre, East Bridgford Garden Centre and Streetwise generously donated lots of plants and bulbs. In addition Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust donated wildflower seeds and local residents gave lots of plants following a campaign for donations on social media. The Scouts researched wildflower plants and made a plant donation each too.

On Monday 8th July, the Scouts and parent volunteers arrived a Church Croft armed with lots of energy, spades, trowels, watering cans and a vast amount of beautiful plants. In teams they planned the layout of the flowerbed then everyone began working away and carefully planted all of the wonderful plants and bulbs.

The residents were hand with homemade cakes baked by Irene who lives in Church Croft and is a former girl guide leader along with biscuits and squash. The residents watched the young people at work commented on how polite and well behaved the Scouts were. Once all of the plants were in place the young people ensured all of the plants were well watered and diligently tidied the area.

The finished result was truly amazing and the residents and Scouts were incredibly pleased with what had been achieved. Denise Wall said the garden really looks lovely and that the residents were amazed at how lovely the plot looks.

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