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Youngsters turn round messy yard and create a garden
STUDENTS carried out some groundbreaking work on a messy Weymouth yard.
The youngsters from the National Citizen Service (NCS) at Weymouth College lent the Weymouth District Beaver Scout Colony a helping hand for an environmental project.
They helped transform the backyard at the Westham Community Centre at Westham Methodist Church into a garden.
Beaver scout leader Sue Carter said: “Four OAPs were struggling and we put our project forward to one of the NCS 2013 groups this year in the hope that they would be able to help us – and help us they did.”
Thirteen students and two adult leaders completed the work in five days.
The yard is at the back of the Newstead Road community centre where the beaver group meets.
Rubble has remained in the backyard since the church was bombed in the war. Now the space has been transformed into a garden with a play space for the beavers and a toddler group.
Decking was donated by one of the beaver’s parents and the garden contains a seating area with a sunshade.
Sue said she thought of contacting the NCS at Weymouth College after seeing an appeal in the Dorset Echo from students who were looking for a project to complete.
She said: “I wrote and told the NCS co-ordinator about our project and on the Monday 13 students and two leaders, turned up to look us over.
“Young people are so often grumbled about but I can honestly say that I have never seen so many youngsters working so hard and with so much enthusiasm.”
Sue added: “The beavers had already started on the work to turn the yard into a garden as part of doing their environmental badge.
“As well as the “yard to garden” project we hope to be planting trees, along Cockles Lane, as part of the work towards this badge.
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