Volunteers celebrate birthday

Bury Volunteer Centre in partnership with Adult Community Services are celebrating their garden project that launched five years ago. They maintain the gardens as well as grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Bury Volunteer Centre in partnership with Adult Community Services are celebrating their garden project that launched five years ago. They maintain the gardens as well as grow their own fruit and vegetables.

A VOLUNTEER project for people with learning disabilities has celebrated its fifth birthday.

In October 2006 the Bury St Edmunds Volunteer Centre, in partnership with the Adult Community Services, launched a garden project with just five volunteers.

Bury Volunteer Centre in partnership with Adult Community Services are celebrating their garden project that launched five years ago. They maintain the gardens as well as grow their own fruit and vegetables.''Pictured: David Hammond with brother Malcolm Hammond sweeping up the leaves

Bury Volunteer Centre in partnership with Adult Community Services are celebrating their garden project that launched five years ago. They maintain the gardens as well as grow their own fruit and vegetables.''Pictured: David Hammond with brother Malcolm Hammond sweeping up the leaves

Now the group, which meets every Thursday, has 20 volunteers who maintain its gardens and grow fruit and vegetables, with theory taught alongside practical.

“It’s fantastic,” said Tina Graham, one of the coordinators, “everyone has a passion for it and in this day and age that’s really nice.”

Volunteer David Hammond, 63, said: “I like doing all the sweeping up and making compost.”

“I like going around the garden and picking apples off the trees,” said Tracey Game, 43.

“Since coming here I’ve met a lot of new people,” said Andrew Wadley, 41.

Local people and businesses including Terwins Seeds and Marlows DIY and Garden Centre have been instrumental to the project’s success.