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Resourceful Scouts Revive Garden
Scouts in Nottingham have shown their green credentials as well as how good their inspirations in eco-friendliness are by helping to develop a church garden in Nottingham. After gathering 40,000 aluminium cans, which were recycled over four years, funds were raised which helped to restore St John’s Church garden at Church Oak in the midlands county of Nottinghamshire. The Evening Post reported that children from as young as six were involved and helped to plant bulbs, flowers and other similar schemes. Keith Wright, the Scout leader said that the garden was a total disaster area over run with nettles and weeds growing up to 6 feet tall. These obviously were not seen as flowers waiting to be discovered as the area was more or less unusable.
Mr Wright, took a look at it and could see the possibilities to convert this into a wildlife area, so could use what was there and add a little control to the proceedings. An area for butterflies, which nowadays seemed to be dying out, was added and it just grew (literally) from there he told the newspaper.
The 40,000 aluminium cans raised £300 and this was invested on garden bulbs and furniture. Whether a 7X5 garden shed was considered as part of the future was not clear but it must be said that it is good that youngsters, so often getting a bad press, have proved there is a lot of good and creativity in them. They also can appreciate that we have to look after our planet and our rapidly depleting natural resources. It’s not clear where the cans were stored whilst they were collecting them but I would guess that one or two garden sheds could be filled by them.
The Scouting movement is a fantastic organisation which enables young people to explore their limits and capabilities and also how to work with other members of society. It extends over 216 countries around the world where 28 million young people enjoy the inspiration stated by Lord Baden Powell.
Further away in Bath in the South West a school have launched a sensory garden by having a tea party, also hoping to raise funds to improve their local area it was reported by the Bath Chronicle.
Time to Invest in Your Garden?
Nowadays experts are saying that gardens should be used as an extra room and in our tight economic times then that must seem to make sense. A garden designer and university lecturer, Matt James, reported that outdoor spaces are nowadays being used the same as indoor spaces for a lot of activities, dependent on the weather of course. Mr James commented that cooking and catering, sleeping and relaxing is a popular use of our natural outdoor space. The garden designer further went on to say that people are investing money into their gardens maybe to a different pattern than even just a few years ago but they see that investment in the garden is a worthwhile pursuit. This enables a place of solitude or a place to escape, possibly in the traditional retreats, such as a 7X5 sheds or garden buildings.
His conclusions came after a survey conducted by the National Home Improvement Show shows that 90 per cent of people were making plans to undertake gardening projects in the next few years. The survey also had one third of the people saying that in their view garden landscaping was a boon to their living and would increase the value of their property which can only be a good thing when one is thinking of pastures new.
A few years ago the Halifax published research showing that improvements in the garden had been neglected in the previous 12 months. Whether the situation at the moment is better is unlikely but if you can it will pay off in the short term where you can enjoy your garden and relax and in the long term will help, if and when, you decide to move on.
The National Home Improvement Shows is the UK’s leading event for home improvement companies which brings together experts, high quality suppliers and garden and home designers and experts in one place. Garden Sheds, Summer Buildings, Log Cabins should also feature at this superb show. This makes is ideal for anyone planning a project to find out all they need to know. It’s your chance to progress your ideas, find inspiration, and take your project forward. The next show is normally in September at London Olympia and you may be able to see some 7X5 sheds on display.
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