Young would-be gardeners distracted by resident wildlife
- Credit: Groundwork South
The snails are on the move; climbing over each other to make it up the side of the plant pot and to freedom, only to be thwarted by being plucked up and placed back in the pot, accompanied by a reprimand that informs them they are ‘very naughty’.
The scolding, and the hand placing them back in the pot, belongs to a seven year old; the same boy who has spent the last half-hour combing the area to find the gastropods.
His fellow would-be gardeners are similarly distracted by resident wildlife, but they are focussed on counting how many large white butterfly caterpillars are feasting on the nasturtiums.
With this many ‘pests’ present, it’s probably just as well the group of children are not here today to help with the business of growing.
However, the adult volunteer gardeners are not disheartened.
While the crops may be somewhat diminished by the slugs and caterpillars, the enthusiasm for helping in the garden is not.
In fact, it may have grown thanks to this collection of young people and their clamour to be involved.
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- 3 Jim Parker: Now is the Time for action after Chief Constable's revealing walkabout
- 4 Retro Sport: Tracking Plainmoor heroes of the 1950s
- 5 Argyle sharpness defeats United
- 6 Laura will use Equity role to change attitudes about regional theatre
- 7 Busy time in the transfer market
- 8 Regency-style terrace was leased to the rich and famous
- 9 Torquay United 0 Argyle 3
- 10 Farewell to Wellswood
The children tell us that they love gardening, that they often help a grandparent with their garden, that they know how to use a spade, and of course, importantly, that they now how to pick strawberries!
With such enthusiasm it is not easy to turn them away, but we are not set up to have under-18s working in the garden just now.
Alongside the planning we would need to do, we’d also need the correct-sized tools, access to welfare facilities, permissions from guardians and plenty of squash and biscuits.
Fortunately, we know the team that run the youth club here, so the children leave with the promise that we’ll try and set up a gardening club and they head off home for tea.
Let’s hope a certain young lad listened to advice and left the plant pot and its contents outside...
To help with caring for Torbay’s Green Spaces and supporting more children and young people to get involved, please contact Hannah Worthington on 07940510616 or email email@example.com