Our first Take Root! project working with young people took place in April in the garden (in need of a lot of maintenance) of a residential home for older people. 

A variety of garden maintenance tasks were carried out:  weeding, cutting back over

grown shrubs using secateurs, loppers and saws, edging a bed, designing and planting containers, planting in borders, raking fallen twigs off lawn, clearing patio of weeds using a patio weeding tool, forking over a bed, tying in climbers, mowing with a manual mower, using shears.

 

The project was linked to a short course qualification and benefits gained were in increased gardening knowledge, awareness of health and safety in the workplace and using tools appropriate to different jobs . 

Other benefits included recognising and solving problems, making decisions, listening and discussing and development of good team-building skills,  emotional well-being through experiencing success through gardening, being creative and working for the benefit of others and physical well-being from taking part in “green exercise” in the outdoors.  The sun on the second day added to the benefits felt. 

 

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