braunton youth centre gardening team

Young people make a difference

added to the website on Mar 23, 2012

What a difference a day makes! Teams from Braunton Youth Centre and Kingsacre Primary School got their hands dirty yesterday creating sustainable mini gardens in Braunton’s main Caen Street car park.

Just 24 hours earlier there were six old and neglected concrete planters (see photo gallery below) – not a great sight for the thousands of locals and visitors passing by every year. Now they have been replaced with big new wooden troughs, and thanks to the efforts of young people from the village they have now been brought to life & look fab!

“I’d like to thank the young people from Braunton Youth Centre and Kingsacre Primary School for their enthusiasm and hard work. It is fantastic to see them make a real difference in our village and they should be proud of their achievements,” said Howard Cobb, the museum’s commercial officer who organised the project. “We couldn’t have done it without the sponsorship from Marsdens and the support of all of the other businesses and volunteers who played their part – a huge thank you to everyone involved!”

The project was organised by the Museum of British Surfing and sponsored by Marsdens Cottage Holidays – as you’ll see from the pictures at the bottom of this post, the Braunton firm’s boss Martin Wickham got stuck in helping with the planting in his lunch break.

“We’re really delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor this project, and it’s really heartwarming to see young people taking pride in their village, and making it look its best for our visitors and residents,” said Mr Wickham. “We’re proud to support the Museum of British Surfing and believe it will be a big benefit to North Devon, and it’s great they can run community projects like this one that really do make a difference.”

The planters were made by Matthew Turner from heavy-duty FSC timber, St John’s Garden Centre, Barnstaple donated an impressive collection of sustainable, pollinating plants, Trelawney at Ashford some compost and Stuart Holder’s Escallonia Plant Nursery at Chivenor young palm trees.

The teams will maintain their planters in the months and years ahead in a continuing partnership with Devon Youth Services, Kingsacre Primary School and Marsdens Cottage Holidays, and it’s hoped to have a prize giving at the end of this year’s summer holidays for the ‘best kept’ and develop further creative projects with the planters in the future.

The gardening project was completed ahead of the Museum of British Surfing’s opening on April 6th.

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