Young­sters trans­form church­yard in vil­lage

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

A group of vol­un­teers have helped to trans­form an empty church­yard into a haven for wildlife.

New fea­tures along­side St. Giles Church in Bar­le­stone include a pond, path­ways and a hedge­hog house, mak­ing it the per­fect home for crea­tures and crit­ters.

The mam­moth task was car­ried out by a vol­un­teer team from the Na­tional Ci­ti­zen Ser­vice (NCS), a vol­un­tary, per­sonal and so­cial development pro­gramme for 15 to 17-year-olds in Eng­land and North­ern Ire­land.

The group of 13 green-fin­gered helpers from schools in Hinck­ley spent a week of their sum­mer hol­i­days trans­form­ing the dis­used garden into a re­lax­ation spot for pri­mary school chil­dren, the el­derly and the vil­lagers of Bar­le­stone.

Cathie and John Watkins from Barle- stone Par­ish Coun­cil had planned the ren­o­va­tion, how­ever they needed the help and sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to com­plete the task.

The NCS stepped in and, in just un­der four days, the old gar­dens had been trans­formed into a place of tran­quil­lity.

The team of helpers also helped to raise funds for the project by hold­ing a cake sale and set­ting up a Go Fund Me page for people to spon­sor their work.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic ob­served the project and praised the youn­gadults on their de­ci­sion to free up their sum­mer hol­i­day to help to­wards the cause.

One vil­lager said: “It has been an ab­so­lute plea­sure to have them in the vil­lage, their man­ners were im­pec­ca­ble and they were a real credit to them­selves and their par­ents.”

A group of 13 vol­un­teers from the NCS have helped to trans­form St. Giles Church­yard into a haven of wildlife

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