Petroc Prince’s Trust group helps out at Our Lady’s school

A Barnstaple school has said a big thank you to hard-working Prince’s Trust teenagers who have transformed their garden.

The members of Petroc’s Team Nine spent four days clearing, replanting, painting and decorating the run down Rotary Garden at Our Lady’s School.

As a thank you the school held an assembly in their honour and invited them to the official reopening.

The 12 week Prince’s Trust programme offers 16 to 21-year-olds the chance to gain confidence, new skills and direction through a series of activities and challenges, including helping out in their community.

Robert Mahoney, 17, said he had really enjoyed the programme: “I think I have got a lot of benefits out of it, new skills and working as a team and being independent now in what I am doing,” he said.

“It feels good to know that after all the effort we have put in, this was the result and what’s even better is seeing all the smiles on the kids’ faces.”

School principal Rob Meech added: “I think it’s brilliant and we wanted to say thank you to the guys and I think the children are going to really enjoy the new garden.”

Michelle Sutton at the school said the team had done a great job and the new garden, which also included a vegetable patch and sensory area, looked ‘fab’.

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