Young adults take on Thetford garden project

A group of teenagers and young adults have tackled an overgrown garden which was handed to the community at a special launch.

The plot of land at Thetford Fire Station was transformed by a group of 10 from Team 56 of the Princes Trust Team Programme who dug, replanted and hauled plats over four days of hard work.

The newly-planted garden was handed over in a ceremony on Friday and will now be open and available to the community and schools.

Jennifer Doran, 23, of King’s Street, Thetford, who has been unemployed for four months, said a number of fundraising events, including bag packing and presentations at DIY store B&Q, had raised �1,000 for equipment, turf, shingle and plants.

“We decided on the community garden because it needed a lot of work but it’s not been easy - we’ve only had four days to do this,” she said.


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“Everyone’s got really stuck in and we’ve really worked our bottoms off. We’re all pretty excited about the end result.”

The Princes Trust Team is a 12-week personal development course which offers work experience, qualifications, a residential week and community project.

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The group of young people, aged between 16 and 23, dug up 1,800 square feet of land, de-weeded, laid paving, moved a large shed, and planted shrubs and climbing plants.

Miss Doran, who now hopes to work with young people in the future, added: “Personally, I came on the course for employment opportunities and confidence building and personal development.

“It’s helped a lot because they’ve had me in team leader positions as well so I think, although there’s a few weeks to go, I’ll be in a better position after this.”

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