Whitby Scout Group is at the start of their journey in creating a Community garden in the grounds of Sleights Scout Hut. The Hut garden is a large sunny space, but currently not well used by the Beavers and Cubs due to the length of the grass and weeds.

With so much evidence about the physical and mental benefits of being outside the idea of creating a space where the children & community can grow plants, vegetables and exercise was born.

Local residents will have space where they can socialise and grow produce. It will help to build community spirit and enhance mental wellbeing through increased contact with nature.

Children from the Beavers colony and Cubs pack will benefit from having an reinvigorated outdoor space they can use on a regular basis - they can help with planting, enjoy playing games outdoors, as well as learn how to cook outdoors. They will develop new skills and learn about science, nature and the environment from growing their own food. They will also develop a sense of responsibility, achievement and an understanding of healthy eating.

Lots of work has been done so far:

  • The Group have been successful in receiving a grant from Sirius Minerals, which has been used to order three pieces of outdoor gym equipment.
  • A Groundforce day was held last week where volunteers from the local area and members of the Scouting association came together to clear the garden of weeds, brambles and to repaint the Hut and walls.

And more work in the pipeline:

  • Children from Eskdale School will be spending 2 days in the garden with an organisation Volunteer-it-Yourself to build raised planters, raised beds and a wooden bench. Earning themselves a City & Guilds qualification for their work.

But more has to be done...

We need more volunteers to help us complete this project. We need plants, cuttings, compost, topsoil and gardening tools.

Can you help us?

Contact Janine Pemberton via email for more details - [email protected]