Green fingered skills

Ealing Council has set up an opportunity for young people to gain horticulture skills.

A gardening project called ‘Growing Space’ at the Young Adults’ Centre, Southall run by charity Green Corridor, will work with local young people to transform the garden at the rear of the building. The plan is to change the space from its existing lawn and shrubs into landscaped allotments.

In return for their work, the volunteers will have real work experience to add to their CVs and also have the opportunity to gain a formal horticultural qualification.

Councillor Binda Rai, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This new project is a great way for local young people to try their hand at horticulture. With their help, we want to transform the space behind the Young Adults’ Centre into a thriving garden and allotment for the people who use the centre to enjoy.

“In return, we will help volunteers to take their first steps into a career in horticulture with a formal qualification on offer as well as the chance to learn practical work and life skills to boost confidence and self-belief.”

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