DOZENS of teenagers have been landscaping several acres of gardens at a Huddersfield care home as part of a social action project.
Forty-five volunteers aged 15 to 17 spent three days at Longroyds and Pilling House Care Home, clearing weeds, renovating garden furniture and creating flower beds.
They were taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme run by the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust.
The programme includes volunteers fundraising to buy tools and materials needed to complete a social action project.
Initially, Longroyds and Pilling House Care Home planned to welcome 15 students, but this increased to a total of 45 as more sought suitable projects to work on.
The group was split up and given tasks across the approximately six acres of gardens at the home, on Pilling Lane, Skelmanthorpe.
With three of the hottest days of the year so far, contending with temperatures exceeding 30°C, the groups took regular refreshment breaks and shade under trees while carrying out the work.
They also engaged with the home’s residents, who ventured out to chat with the volunteers and watch them work.
Iain Lodge, activities coordinator at Longroyds and Pilling House Care Home, was on hand to coordinate the groups and offer advice and guidance when needed.
He said: “The young adults split into smaller groups and spread out across all the land and worked hard to clear the overgrown weeds, sand down and stain benches and create borders for flower beds.
“They did all of this while also engaging in conversation with residents, who thoroughly enjoyed talking to them while they worked.
“They did a terrific job and our gardens are looking fantastic. Residents and their visitors are enjoying making the most of them while the weather is nice.”
Linda Town, the home’s administrator, added: “The home is in such a peaceful, quiet, tranquil setting, it was so lovely to hear the young adults talking, singing and engaging with the residents. I’m going to miss them.”