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To celebrate the summer holidays, the Group’s Community Connectors organised a school breakout fun day for our residents at Bunker’s Hill, Dover.
A group of local school children, many of whom live in Bunker’s Hill estate decided to do something positive with their summer holidays and hit upon the idea of creating a growing garden of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
The young people, supported by Community Connectors, encouraged other residents and local people to come along and lend a hand. Community Connectors are recruited by the Group to create change by running their own community projects.
Community Connector Lisa Terry said, “People came along to watch and take part. Everyone had the opportunity to get involved in decorating tyres, planting and laying new ‘crazy paving’.”
Ed Turpin of the Kent Wildlife Trust came along to lend a hand to the project and teach the children about horticulture and wildlife. As a Dover Connector for the Kent Wildlife Trust, Ed helps to connect people in the local community with nature. Ed said “Community projects like this are a great way of getting local people interested in nature and the environment, and also demonstrate how we can all benefit from caring for wildlife around us”.
The new Mayor of Dover, Gordon Cowan, was also in attendance and was eager to get involved in helping towards the garden.
“This is fantastic for the local community – working together on a garden that they will look after for generations to come. Not only will residents in the local area benefit from the new garden's fresh produce, but also from the sense of community the project inspires” said Gordon Cownan, Mayor of Dover, speaking at the event.
Residents were delighted to enjoy a morning of gardening, painting and decorating, followed by an afternoon of activities, including sports games and afternoon tea.