MEMBERS of Fernhurst Junior Youth Club will soon be able to grow their own herbs and vegetables as a result of a grant from the Police Property Act Fund.
The fund is raised by selling goods that have been confiscated from criminals by court order and the grant to the youth club was the exact sum of £266.89 that is needed to buy deep planters, soil, compost, seeds and plants.
The cheque was presented by PC Paul Quinnell and PCSO Heidi Hay during a visit to the club.
Shenda Searle, the Tuesday evening leader, was surprised so many children did not know how vegetables and herbs grow, even though they use them during their cooking evenings, and she decided one of its activities would be ‘to grow to cook’.
Deep planters will be placed by handrails which, with trellis or canes, will become supports for the taller plants.
A small area of scruffy ground will be cleared, have soil added and become a vegetable garden.
PCSO Hay told the members: “Fernhurst Youth Club is a charity which provides outstanding service to the community and we are delighted to support such a worthy cause.”
Local firms have given money to buy a Wii and 20 new chairs.