Community garden project aims to break down barriers between youngsters and police via SW Londoner

Community garden project aims to break down barriers between youngsters and police via SW Londoner

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A community project which aims to make a green garden space for youngsters in Whitton, Richmond, saw the input of youth and police.

Police officers, members of the local community, young people, staff from Harlequins and Whitton Youth Zone and the Mayor of Richmond all took part in pulling out old weeds and rubbish to replace the area with flowers, fruit, veg and in the mayor’s case, an apple tree.

The event, held on July 27th, which was initiated by Mandy Smith, manager of the Whitton Youth Zone and Jon McLoughlin, a local Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant.

Richmond’s Mayor Councillor Ben Khos said: “It engages all their senses, encourages healthy eating, teaches responsibility, highlights the importance of taking care of the environment, teaches patience and develops life skills”.

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Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Bellevue, Omaha and surrounding communities are benefiting from a Papillion girl’s recent efforts.

Jill Ruane, a 2017 graduate of Gross Catholic High School, created a community garden for St. Matthew Catholic Church in Bellevue, her home parish, as a way to share produce with church members and even the less fortunate. She organized the project as part of her efforts to earn the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the highest honor a member of the organization can receive.

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Ten Tips on Gardening with Kids via American Community Gardening Council

Ten Tips on Gardening with Kids via American Community Gardening Council

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1. Kid gardens must be kid-based.
This means that kids help generate the ideas for what will be there, help with construction and planting, and are responsible for maintenance. Grown-up’s need to facilitate and show how, but not do everything. Focus on the process of involving them, and they will then take ownership.

2. Develop the garden to be appropriate for the site and regional conditions.
Involve the kids in the site analysis process so they understand how important the light, soil, drainage and other environmental factors are to having a garden. Develop the garden so the features and plant choices are adapted to local conditions, so you are not “working against nature.”

3. Focus on functional garden design, not how it will look.
Start the design process by determining what the children want to be doing and learning in the garden. Base the features on the practical functions they will serve, and don’t worry too much about aesthetics. Gardens that serve as hands-on learning laboratories for kids will be beautiful because they are well-used and well-loved spaces. Also remember that the children’s sense of what is pretty may not be yours; that’s ok because the garden is their space.

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Learn more about community gardens with these books

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our organization
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library