Garden in Llay park off to blooming good start


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A SENSORY garden which aims to help cut crime and reduce anti-social behaviour has been opened.

The garden, in Alyn Waters Country Park, Llay, was developed “from scratch” by a group of young people from a supported living project.

It will be used by the Pedal Power project, which provides specialist bikes for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

And the work of many of the youngsters was marked when Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths came down to officially open the plot.

Ms Griffiths said: “I wish to congratulate and thank all the youngsters who volunteered to help develop this wonderful new facility.

“The sensory garden is an excellent resource for Pedal Power and will help create a peaceful and relaxing environment for the customers.”

“The partnership will not only benefit the Pedal Power service users, but has also provided rewarding work and a great deal of satisfaction for many of the youngsters who volunteered for the first time and delivered the project.”

Pedal Power is run by Groundwork North Wales.

“It is clear to see just how vital and valuable Groundwork North Wales is to Wrexham,” Ms Griffiths added. “The organisation makes such a positive difference to communities across the region and I commend them for all their hard work and dedication.”

Pat Williamson, training officer from Groundwork North Wales, worked with the group of young people from the Clwyd Alyn Supported Living Project.

For many of the young people it was their first experience of volunteering and some went on to gain a qualification in volunteering and community participation.

Ms Griffiths, who is a patron of Pedal Power, presented the volunteers with their certificates of achievement.

The event was attended by Paul Hinchliffe, trustee of Police and Community Trust (PACT), David Hinchliffe, trustee and honourary treasurer of PACT, as well as Sgt Rhian Hughes, from Wrexham Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Karen Balmer, executive director of Groundwork North Wales, said: “Thank you to all of the young people who worked so hard on developing the garden.

“We are very proud of their achievements in creating a wonderful sensory garden from scratch, with colourful raised beds full of scented plants. The garden is fully accessible and designed to stimulate the senses.”

The scheme was secured after £3,500 of funding was received from the North Wales Police Participatory Budgeting Fund, which provides opportunities for disadvantaged young people with a view to cutting crime and helping reduce
anti-social behaviour.

The fund is partly funded with money seized by North Wales Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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