Many hands make light work as garden centre help scouts move beds
PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:59 08 July 2019
Grateful scout leaders have thanked garden centre staff for helping relocate their new flower beds.
The 1st Sid Vale Scouts group had to move the six raised beds on Salcombe Regis Recreational Field after building them without planning permission from the town council.
After reading the Herald's story, Combe Garden Centre manager James Trevett asked his staff and Combe Estate to offer their assistance.
The gardening team joined scout volunteers at their weekly maintenance work party on Wednesday (July 3).
The group worked in baking hot conditions to prepare the grounds, move the beds and plant a selection of vegetables including; peas, beans, pumpkins, peppers, cabbages and courgettes.
As well as the manual work, the garden centre donated bark and different varieties of vegetables for the youngsters to grow.
Mr Trevett, who was born in Sidmouth, said: "We heard about the trouble facing the 1st Sid Vale Scout Group and the fact they had to move the six large raised veg beds and wanted to offer some extra help.
"While moving them it was clear the seedlings planted by the beavers and scouts wouldn't survive so we loaded them up with a huge mix of veg too and then covered all paths with the premium bark nuggets that will last for years.
"For many of them it will be their very first vegetable patch. There would be nothing worse for the items they planted to be half sprung and then having to try to move them. We needed to go as fast as we can.
"Many hands make light work. If you're in a position to help like we are we should be helping. The new site is a lot better for the plants."
Young beavers, cubs and scouts are thrilled to be able to return to their vegetable patch and see the new array of vegetables growing.
Brian Manwaring, who leads the work party, said: "We couldn't have done it without James and his lads - we're so grateful to them for giving up their time to help us. We'd still have been here 'til midnight digging and wheeling barrows."
At its meeting on Monday July 1, Sidmouth Town Council reiterated its support for the scouts to continue gardening and were pleased an acceptable location had been found for the beds.
Gareth Hughes, from the scout group, said: "We can't thank James and his team enough for their fantastic efforts. We look forward to inviting them to see the beds when they are in full production and to taking them up on their offer of helping our youngsters to choose what to plant next."
Sarah Fletcher, Beaver leader, said: "The Beavers' eyes were out on stalks when they saw all the lovely veg. They can't wait for the plants to grow so we can pick, cook and eat them."
The youngsters will be able to work towards gardener, team work challenge and cook badge by tending to the vegetables and learning how to cook them.
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