CELEBRITY gardener Diarmuid Gavin has been helping young people dig into a blossoming charity project in Leeds.
The gardening expert dished out top tips to the Urban Growth project in Harehills this week.
The project, run by the Archway charity on Roundhay Road, aims to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people aged from 16 to 25 develop skills and confidence.
The project won a visit from Diarmuid as well as a £500 grant through the Royal Horticultural Society’s grassroots gardening programme.
The money will help members get out in the community to plant flowers, set up hanging baskets and install water butts.
Diarmuid said: “Projects like this are hugely inspiring. It can be beneficial to communities in many different ways.
“Gardening can be like therapy if you are going through a rough time and it’s educational as well.
“Lots of people who come in here will get a chance to work with soil for the first time ever and bring some of these ideas back to where they live. From here at Archway, it goes right back out into the community.”
Les Parkinson, young person support worker at Archways, set up the Urban Growth project.
He said: “We have a lot of young people that use the centre and we want them to engage in positive activities. We hope they will talk to their neighbours about it and inspire others to do something with their garden.”
Urban Growth member Richard Osborne, 20, said: “I like growing plants and keeping the garden neat and tidy.
“I’ve got a level 2 qualification in horticulture already, so I’m excited about the funding. Gardening benefits the community and gets people together.”
New members are welcome at the Urban Growth project, which runs from 2pm to 4pm every Wednesday.
Call Archway on 0113 383 3900 or visit www.renewleeds.co.uk/our-projects/archway/ for details.