Volunteers spruce up courtyards

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GREEN-FINGERED volunteers are helping to keep the courtyard gardens at West Suffolk Hospital looking spick-and-span.

The group, from Tayfen House, in Bury St Edmunds, will spend one day a week clearing weeds and overgrown areas, cleaning ponds, digging over the earth as well as other maintenance work.

Tayfen House, which is managed by affordable homes provider Havebury Housing Partnership, provides accommodation and support for 19 homeless people.

The group is made up of three volunteers and support co-ordinator Danny Courtney-Wines.

They have already spruced up the boat and Japanese-themed courtyards and plan to tackle each of the hospital’s 23 courtyards as part of a rolling maintenance programme.

Shelagh Green, head of housing at Havebury, said: “This volunteering programme is part of our ongoing work with tenants to develop skills they need for success in work or education.

“The team undertook some work at the hospital last year and is delighted that they have been invited back.”

Julie Pettitt, facilities business manager at the hospital, added: “We’re really grateful to everyone from Tayfen House.”