Young people transform Hyde community garden

A COMMITTED bunch of young people have been rolling up their sleeves to help renovate a community garden in Hyde. 

The Prince’s Trust team, based at Hyde Fire Station, spent two weeks updating and restoring the communal garden at the Grafton Centre as part of their community project.

They chose the centre on Grafton Street to support after casting a vote and used funds from £325 raised from a bag pack at Morrison’s Denton store.

The young people, aged between 16 and 25, began by sanding and painting tables, chairs, benches and a huge flower bed, which was later filled with colourful flowers and plants.

Some weeded the garden and others jet-washed the concrete. They added finishing touches such as sweeping the outside, neatening the garden and cleaning excess paint off the chairs.

Their hard work was then showcased at a presentation with Grafton Centre volunteers and users, as well as representatives from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The Grafton Centre was very appreciative of the team’s efforts, saying they were “so proud and pleased with the work that these students have done”.

The Prince’s Trust programme is a 12-week course focusing on personal development and employability, which offers the chance for young people to gain new skills and earn a qualification.

Anyone who wants more information about the programme can email


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