Esteem: Planting project boost.

The charity Esteem, which works closely with people aged between 18 and 26, has set up a project to transform Adur Recreation Ground into a mini arboretum, giving young people the chance to create a community legacy.

With the project now getting fully underway, a donation of bulbs has been made by Mayberry Garden Centre, in Portslade, to add some colour to the space.

Stuart Thomas, plant manager at Mayberry, said: ?We heard about the project and were fascinated about what they were doing.

?We are always keen to support local projects and this one definitely is worthwhile.?

A team of 10 to 20 young people from the Adur district are transforming the currently bare patch of land with informatively labelled trees, shaded benches and a safe children?s play area.

While creating a community space for everyone to enjoy, the volunteers will also gain personal skills, showing employers that they are active and dynamic individuals.

Esteem hopes the project, and the space it creates, will then encourage people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds to work together and respect their environment.

Jess Reid, from Esteem, said: ?During this project we have given young people the chance to learn forestry and horticultural skills whilst getting involved with a recognisable community work-piece.

?The young people take responsibility for the project, gain responsibility and will see permanent results from this positive contribution to the quality of life in Adur.

?We are thankful to Mayberry for donating the bulbs to our project.?.

People will also be able to put in plants which can be grown in memory of a loved one, or to commemorate a special event.

Local businesses and organisations are being encouraged to sponsor individual trees, which will mean their logo will appear on the tree?s information plaque.

The planting will continue at the Brighton Road recreation ground until Friday, 10am to 4pm, and volunteers are still welcome to get involved.

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