Cubs’ community garden

Youngsters from 1st Bispham Cubs are improving Bispham Library Gardens.

Youngsters from 1st Bispham Cubs are improving Bispham Library Gardens.

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Cub scouts are setting out on a week of work to improve their community by adopting Bispham Library Gardens.

The youngsters are taking part in Scout Community Week, beginning today, and hope to brighten up the community space and embark on conservation work too.

Keen to get a head start on the work, and make the most of the good weather, the children and leaders have already spent time litter picking and planting in the gardens off Bispham Road.

Cub Scout leader Matt Hornby said: “It is about groups putting something back into the local community. We’re also raising the profile of what we do as well as fund-raising and recruiting more volunteers.

“We are going to ‘adopt’ Bispham Library Gardens

“We are going to maintain it in its current state and add new plants.

“There is a shabby looking shelter that is there as well that we are going to repaint.

“The area was looking a bit tired and we thought it would be a good thing for us to do, something for the children to call their own.”

The children plan on maintaining the area long after the Community Week, which runs until June 9.

On June 13 the group will begin work on a conservation project, with the help of staff from B&Q on Holyoake Avenue, Blackpool, who have provided plants for the garden, to learn about and help protect the bee population.

Matt added: “We’ll be planting stuff to attract bees to the area and hopefully they will develop from there.”

Brightening up the area has given the children pride in their community, said Matt, with many living and going to school close by to the library.

He added: “The children love that they’re outdoors doing something different.”

The children’s work will help them towards achieving their community challenge badge.

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