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.