Garden’s 25 years

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Volunteers and staff at Silsoe Horticultural Centre were presented with certificates to mark 25 years of the project, which supports people with learning disabilities to get involved with gardening.

Nine members of staff work with 30 volunteers, who learn how to grow fruit, vegetables and plants, and make jams and chutneys from their crops – all of which are for sale. The centre also runs a coffee shop with is open to the public one day a week.

Unit manager Mick Haynes: “We’ve come a long way in all those years and there’s still never a dull day. It’s such an important part of people’s lives here so everyone is very deserving of the recognition.”

The certificates were presented by Central Bedfordshire Councillor Carole Hegley.