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New gardening club brings together young and older residents in Oldbury

Published 25th September 2017

New gardening club at The Barlows, Oldbury

Community-spirited young people and older residents are getting together as part of a new gardening club in Oldbury.

Students from Bristnall Hall Academy as well as Prince’s Trust volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and tackling overgrown land around Barlow Homes in Pound Road.

Volunteers from the local community, Sandwell councillors and local police are launching the new club, which aims to spruce up land around the 39 Barlow Trust bungalows for older people.

It will meet every Wednesday morning and volunteers will cut back overgrown bushes and tidy the gardens ready for residents to start putting in bulbs and plants.  

Councillor Syeda Khatun, Sandwell Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for neighbourhoods and communities, said: “The land around the bungalows needs a good spruce up and the new gardening club is a proper community effort which brings younger people and older residents together.”

Vince Green, principal of Bristnall Hall Academy, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to work hard alongside local residents and volunteers to really make a difference in our community. I am extremely proud of all of the students, staff and volunteers who are involved in this worthwhile initiative."

People carrying out Community Payback will also take part in the club, which is being supported by the local Asda and Homebase stores, which are kindly supplying refreshments, bulbs and plants.