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Teens give a helping hand
6:10pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
TEENAGERS have got stuck in and helped to clean up a community garden as part of the National Citizen Scheme at Swindon College.
About 20 youngsters spent four and a half hours weeding, clearing and picking up litter in the garden area in Castleton Road in Middleleaze.
Malcolm Sharpe, who led the programme, said: “I think they’ve grown a great deal on the project. I am extremely proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time. I think it reflects really well on them.”
Residents also came along to help clear weeds and a back alley entrance that residents hadn’t been able to use.
“When the recycling lorry came they spent 25 minutes filling it up with branches and leaves, and they cleared the same again in the afternoon,” said Malcolm.
The four-week programme for 16 and 17-year-olds started on July 15 with a residential trip to Weymouth, where the teens learned a number of water sports including sailing and kayaking to help develop team-working skills.
The final two weeks focused on community projects, including cleaning up the swimming pool at Health Hydro in Milton Road and cake decorating for Prospect Hospice.
They will celebrate their achievements on August 29 by taking tea with the Mayor.
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