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Holt Park Young People Sow the Seeds for Improvement

April 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Community News

Turning the Corner, LeedsGreen fingered teenagers from Leeds have transformed a neglected area of the local community after teaming up with Turning the Corner (TTC)

Around 20 young people from Holt Park have overhauled a disused area of land located behind the Holt Park Leisure Centre, close to a Holt Park shopping centre.

The 45 metre squared area of land is now adorned with spring flowering plants and shrubs after the group of 13 to 17 years olds took part in a planting session alongside three staff from the ASDA store, which also supplied the plants and bulbs.

The initiative was co-ordinated by the Big Lottery funded TTC project, which provides opportunities for young people to work together with businesses and organisations to build positive relationships and carry out environmental improvement projects within communities.

It follows a successful project that took place earlier this year to transform the exterior of the Holt Park Leisure Centre, which backs onto the shops, with an eye-catching art wall depicting images of sport.

Holt Park Village Square Planting Project

Back L/R Alan Mann (Holt Park Tenants Association) Scott Pattison Middle L/R Ellie Branch-Evans (Turning the Corner), Jonathan Green (Interserve) Pam Nichol (ASDA Community Life Champion) Front L/R Robin Pemberton, Stephen Aldam

Pam Nichol, community life colleague at the Asda store, said:

“As demonstrated by the recent art wall scheme, young people tend to look after and take pride in projects they’ve been involved in and this sense of pride tends to filter into the wider community. They appreciate the hard work go into making something look nice that they might otherwise have taken for granted and are therefore more likely to look after it in the long-term.”

“Additionally, projects like this can be therapeutic for the young people and they also give them the chance to learn new skills. Showing our support and appreciation for their hard work helps build relationships and in turn reflects positively on their behaviour when they come into the store. When we were approached by TTC to get involved in the planting we were keen to get involved. The area looks great and will be a lovely spot for everyone to enjoy during the summer months.”

Simon Walton of the construction company Interserve, the main contractor for the new leisure centre, also supported the planting scheme by offering the time of the company’s staff to prepare the soil ready for planting.

Ellie Branch-Evans, Environmental Youth Officer for Groundwork, which delivers the TTC scheme, said:

“This is the second project TTC has been involved with in Holt Park in recent months to help transform a tired area of the local community. The planting scheme has been a great success, giving young people the chance to work alongside businesses to make positive improvements for the benefit of the whole community and gaining new skills and confidence in the process.”

“The partnership working between Turning the Corner, the leisure centre, youth services and Holt Park Tenants and Residents Association has been crucial in terms of the progress made to date at Holt Park. We hope that through these relationships we can continue to have a positive impact on the area.”

Stephen Aldam, one of the green fingered teenagers involved in the project, he said:

“I’ve really enjoyed the project, learning about different plants and having the chance to work with staff from Asda to carry out the planting and I’m pleased to have been involved in something that’s made a difference to the local community.”

For further information about TTC projects in Leeds, please contact Ellie Branch-Evans on 0113 238 0601, email ellie.branch-evans@groundwork.org.uk or visit www.turningthecorner.uk.com

We encourage you to share this article using one of the sharing buttons below to show your support and thanks to Alan, Scott, Ellie, Jonathan, Pam, Robin, Stephen and everyone else involved in this project.

This is an excellent opportunity to highlight to others the positive changes that are taking place in Holt Park, and what can be achieved when different members of our local community come together to work on a project.

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