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Eckling Grange care home enjoys garden makeover from fire service’s youth project

PUBLISHED: 16:04 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:01 14 November 2017

A team of young people renovated a patch of land at Eckling Grange residential home in Dereham. Photo: Prince's Trust

A team of young people renovated a patch of land at Eckling Grange residential home in Dereham. Photo: Prince's Trust

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A team of young people renovated a patch of land at Eckling Grange residential home in Dereham.

The nine-person team raised £735 bag packing at Dereham and Fakenham Tesco store. Photo: Prince's TrustThe nine-person team raised £735 bag packing at Dereham and Fakenham Tesco store. Photo: Prince's Trust

The nine-person team raised £735 bag packing at Dereham and Fakenham Tesco stores that they used to buy materials for the project.

The group transformed the empty space into an area for the residents to spend time.

With fresh paint on the shed, 12 wooden sleepers, and 56 paving slabs, the area now has a pond with a path surrounding it. The team also built flower beds, revamped the bird feeders and decorated the area with solar lights to leave it glowing.

The project was part of a 12-week course from the Prince’s Trust team programme, run by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

The group were very proud to see their finished project and how the residents appreciated their hard work. Photo: Prince's TrustThe group were very proud to see their finished project and how the residents appreciated their hard work. Photo: Prince's Trust

The programme helps 16-25-year-olds to develop new skills and confidence to get into work or education.

The group were very proud to see their finished project and how the residents appreciated their hard work.

Prince’s Trust are recruiting for their next project, to be held in January.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact chantelle.williams@fire.norfolk.gov.uk.

The Prince's Trust group at Eckling Grange, Photo: Prince's TrustThe Prince's Trust group at Eckling Grange, Photo: Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust group at Eckling Grange, Photo: Prince's TrustThe Prince's Trust group at Eckling Grange, Photo: Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust group at Eckling Grange, Photo: Prince's TrustThe Prince's Trust group at Eckling Grange, Photo: Prince's Trust


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