Green fingered youths spruce up village

Teams from a local youth centre and primary school planted a host of colourful flowers outside of the soon-to-be-opening surf museum.

GROUPS of green-fingered young people got their hands dirty to spruce up part of Braunton.

The teams from Kingsacre Primary School and Braunton Youth Centre planted a host of colourful flowers in the new wooden planters in Caen Street car park.

The mini gardens project was run by the Museum of British Surfing, which is due to open on Good Friday.

Peter Robinson, founder of the museum, said: “We’re keen to develop community partnerships that deliver real benefits to where we live and work.


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“This will improve the environment in a high profile area at the heart of Braunton and aims to encourage young people to take pride in their community.”

A select team of gardening enthusiasts from the village primary school helped plant the sustainable, pollinating plants donated by St John’s Garden Centre and young palm trees courtesy of Stuart Holder’s Escallonia Plant Nursery at Chivenor.

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Head teacher Steve Morgan said: “We are committed to getting involved in community project like this.

“It’s great because it gives the children something to take ownership of, and be proud of.”

The project was a community effort, with local firm Marsdens Cottage Holidays providing sponsorship, Croyde-based carpenter Matthew Turner creating the heavy-duty planters and compost was donated by Trelawny at Ashford.

The heavy-duty planters replace the dated, damaged concrete planters outside the youth centre and provide a focal point for visitors passing through.

It is hoped that in the winter they will be able to become a base for displaying art projects created by the young people, such as totem poles or wicker sculptures.

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