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Scouts from all over the UK have been busy making a huge impact on their local communities this week as part of Scout Community Week.

Putting their skills to the test

KX Explorers and Hampstead Explorers joined forces on Thursday evening (with a little help from The Scout Association’s CEO, Matt Hyde) and put their gardening skills to the test for The Calthorpe Project in central London.  The inner-city Explorers mowed, trimmed and planted their way through the communal space, which is shared with many community Groups in the area.

In Ashton-under-lyne in Greater Manchester, Scouts visited their local B&Q store to make hanging baskets before visiting a local care home and tidying up the garden space.

In Beckton, celebrity DIY expert, Tommy Walsh visited 8th Newham Scouts and helped fix up a communal garden at a sheltered housing scheme.

Alfie Ford, Group Manager of 8th Newham, said, ‘Over 80 young people and volunteers took part. For most of the young people this was the first time they’d undertook any gardening. All the young people showed a great deal of team work. You could see on residents’ faces how much the project means to them: having a space where they can spend time in the outdoors in a relaxing atmosphere will make such a difference to their lives.’

Pitching in

Green-fingered celebrity, Charlie Dimmock also pitched in for Scout Community Week and helped 8th Alton Scout Group create a disabled access circular walk around Ropley train station, which involved clearing the area and replanting flowers.

Meanwhile, in Mansfield, the resourceful young people at 2nd Warsop Scout Group turned disused coal tubs into colourful flower planters for the community to enjoy. Scout Leader, Andrew Melless commented: ‘All of the Group worked well on the project, finishing ahead of schedule. It has taken four weeks to complete and we’re really impressed with the results.’

There are still plenty of more projects taking place over the weekend; send your pictures to community.week@scouts.org.uk.

Check out our Facebook page to see everything that’s been going on so far during Scout Community Week.

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