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Posted On: 8th Oct 2013

Ministerial Garden Visit

Minister Nick Hurd talks to young people about the project
Graffiti artwork at the community garden site
Photos showing how the park looked before the revamp are displayed

A group of Fixers from Bristol, who have revamped and revived a disused community garden, had the chance to unveil their handiwork to the Minister of Civil Society.

 

Nick Hurd MP took part in the event, which took place at The Dings Park this summer.

 

It was organised to celebrate work being finished on the site and to encourage local people to use and enjoy the newly improved space.

 

The Fixers and the youth charity, Young Bristol, worked together on the garden project, which was undertaken by twenty young people on a National Citizen Service programme.

 

With the help of Fixers, the team sourced materials, tools and plants for the garden, and organised and advertised a fun day.

 

Speaking about the event, 17-year-old Fixer Kieran Skudder said: ‘Everyone was amazed by what we’d done and how inviting the park was. A lot of people didn’t even realise it was there.

 

'We’ve made it more accessible and people were pleased to find out there was more to this area. I think some of them were also quite surprised to find out that there was a bunch of teenagers behind it.’  

 

Of the Minister’s visit, he adds: ‘He was talking to us like he would talk to any other person. The fact he came along shows he cares about what we’ve been doing.’

 

At the fun day, the team of Fixers finished planting and offered tours of the garden to the local community. There was also free food for guests, and activities and games for children.  

 

Six-year-old Lucy attended and said she liked the face-painting and the flowers.

 

Others at the event included Tom Watts, who works locally.

 

‘I have seen the young people trying so hard and showing real determination,' says Tom. 'The area looks a lot better than it did before.’

 

As well as the benefits their work has brought the local community, the Fixers say the project has also aided their own personal development.

 

‘It helped me build more friendships and become a leader,’ says Kieran.

 

‘I have a new-found confidence and I’m not afraid to talk about what we could do next!’

 

 To enlarge the flyer, and see what is on the reverse, click on the image.

 

Author: Emily Tolloczko

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