Leeds team are helping community to bloom

The team planting a new tree at the Obama Gardens, in Chapeltown.
The team planting a new tree at the Obama Gardens, in Chapeltown.
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These proud Leeds folk are rolling up their sleeves and mucking in to help their community bloom.

Two projects have been launched at the Leeds West Indian Centre to help green-fingered residents spruce up on their gardening skills.

The Obama Gardens and Chapeltown Gardening Club have been officially launched with a special community party. Obama Gardens, named after American president Barack Obama, will create a wildlife garden just a mile from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The scheme has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Kew Gardens under the Grow Wild Project.

The gardening club has been made possible thanks to the People’s Health Trust, which invests in people and communities with great ideas, plus and Rank Foundation, which promotes help and support for young people.

It will offer workshops in garden design, tree and seed planting and skills about how to run a business.

Paul Auber, who co-ordinates both projects, said: “Through a social enterprise we are offering skills and training for people who want to learn more about gardening with a view to running their own small business in future.

“It is open to men and women aged between 18 and 25.

“We want to offer an incentive to people living locally to learn the useful skills.

“We have had excellent feedback, especially from residents interested and active in horticulture and involved with other pocket-parks and domestic gardening.”

MP Rachel Reeves.

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