Teenagers on right path with work at community orchard in Leeds

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Teenage volunteers got their hands dirty as they carried out improvement work at a community orchard in Leeds.

The young people, all aged 16 or 17, dug and laid a new stone brick path at the orchard, which is at the end of Back Storey Place in Killingbeck and forms part of a Clarion Housing Group estate.

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Jess Duggal, a neighbourhood investment officer at the Clarion Futures Communities arm of the housing association, said: “The volunteers were full of enthusiasm, energy and a real determination to have the job completed.

“They all came from various parts of the city and took on different tasks during the day.

“It showed them in a really positive light. The path means residents can gain easy access to the orchard and all the different types of food and fruit that are grown there.”

The work was carried out in partnership with the Challenge charitable organisation – which is helping to run the Government’s National Citizens Service initiative in Yorkshire – and the Hyde Park Source environmental charity.

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