Overgrown garden at Hinckley SEN school ‘transformed’ by Prince’s Trust Team Members

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 20 August 2021

YOUNG ADULTS working with the Prince’s Trust in Hinckley have ‘transformed’ a once-overgrown garden to look ‘brand new’ for local specialist school, Dorothy Goodman, at their site on Ashby Lane.

Hinckley’s Princes Trust Team Members (Image: WPBrown.co.uk)

They have been working in the garden with Leaders from the Prince’s Trust Programme over the past two weeks in helping to make the overgrown garden look brand-new again ready for when the school students return to the site.

The project was handed back to the school today (20 August), where a representative from the school got to see the result of the group’s hard work.

Team Members on the ‘new look’ transformed garden (Image: WPBrown.co.uk)

Warwickshire College Group (WCG) are the ‘delivery partner’ for the Prince’s Trust in Leicestershire.

Activities included refurbishing benches, trimming overgrown hedges and painting outdoor furniture.

See: When it was overgrown

Attached below is a photograph of how the once-overgrown garden looked before it received its transformation.

The garden before its much-needed transformation (Image: WPBrown.co.uk)

Jordan Lutchman, Team Leader of the Prince’s Trust Programme in Hinckley, said: “The group had to do a two-week community programme in weeks five and six of the course. They were fundraising weeks prior in weeks three and four.

“They have been here for 10 days and have known each other for four weeks. Each day has a ‘group leader’ who has responsibility for the running of the project on that day which helps to build teamwork and leadership skills. They are helping to give back to the community.

“Dorothy Goodman was chosen as they answered our call when we were looking for opportunities for a local community project.”

The school and the Prince’s Trust have worked together in previous years, when volunteers of the Trust helped work on maintaining their allotment gardens over at one of Dorothy Goodman’s other Hinckley-based locations.

Thomas Page-Brown, Assistant Team Leader of the Prince’s Trust Programme in Hinckley, said: “I think the team members have come a long way and done really well.

“They have signed up to the cause and committed to something good and purposeful.

“It’s great to see what they achieved by pulling together.”

The Team Members in action (Image: WPBrown.co.uk)

One of the Team Members, Hayden, who worked on the project told the Free Press that they were happy knowing it would give students ‘a happy and warm environment’.

They explained: “I know that many of their students enjoy using the garden to relax, so I found it good helping to give the garden a ‘new lease of life’ which will give their students a happy and warm environment.

“I’ve got on with everyone here – we all have our similar interest at heart and we have all been working towards the same final goal.”

Emma Draycott, of Dorothy Goodman School, paid a visit to the newly-renovated garden which the hard working youngsters have been working on.

She explained: “This is the second time that the Prince’s Trust have worked with us and both times they’ve done projects to help us transform our spaces.

“The kids appreciate it, and it also helped the Trust’s members in giving them good work from what they have done for us.

“Even the memory bench has been restored and that was on its ‘last legs’ before they helped us out, so it’s good to see that has been restored for use once again.”

If you or someone you know may be interested in this course, please contact the team leader Jordan Lutchman on 07740 419315 or email jlutchman@wcg.ac.uk – courses are run throughout the year.

Furthermore, if you have a community project which you think could be suitable for one of the future teams, please drop Jordan an email.

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