Young offenders enter show

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Green-fingered young people involved in the council’s youth offending service will once again be joining forces with the council’s Dementia community support team to wow the judges at the 2019 RHS Hampton Court flower show.

For the past nine years, the council’s early help family support and youth offending service, along with support in recent years from the Dementia community support team, have entered the prestigious flower show as part of their community reparation. In total, the team has won 10 awards in the past nine shows.

Working with partners and the two groups, this year’s submission is ‘The Therapeutic Garden’, which was designed by Tony Wagstaff of the council’s early help, family support & youth offending service.

The Therapeutic Garden’ will shine a spotlight on the beneficial role that plants and gardening have in supporting people living with dementia, anxiety and other mental illnesses.

The young people involved complete this work as part of their community reparation. While showing drive and passion when delivering the project, they are able to work towards a City and Guild Level 1 in practical Horticulture skills, enabling them to apply their practical skills in the future.

People living with Dementia have also been able to assist with odd jobs and handiwork, such as painting, using hand tools, varnishing and planting seeds, also local volunteers of St. Lukes Community Garden (Cluniac Gardens), are supporting the garden this year with the growing of plants/flowers for the event.

Voting for the garden in the Small Show Garden category begins and ends throughout the duration of the show, namely Tuesday 2 July until Sunday 7 July 2019.

You can vote for ‘The Therapeutic Garden’ by visiting RHS.org.uk and visiting RHS Hampton Court.

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