Veterans – get your garden summer ready!

Ex-service personnel can get their garden under control ready for summer, with a visit from the Green Aiders.

The Green Aiders is a free, one-off garden clearance service run in Bedfordshire by community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire.

It is funded by The Royal British Legion through its External Grants programme and is available to vulnerable or disabled ex-Service personnel or their spouses, partners, widows/widowers, children or dependants aged 65 plus.

Through a one-off visit, dedicated volunteers led by Groundwork staff make gardens more manageable, safer and more pleasant to spend time in.

At the same time, clearing overgrown gardens makes it harder for criminals or fraudsters to identify occupants as potential targets.

Groundwork’s project manager Sarah Culverwell said: ‘This project is great as it benefits both the residents, who get a manageable garden as a result, and the volunteers, who receive training and support. It’s also a brilliant way of giving something back to veterans, too.’

Head of Social Policy & Grant Giving at the Legion, Steven Baynes, said: ‘We’re pleased to have awarded over £43,000 to Groundwork. The grant demonstrates the Legion’s continued commitment to working with other organisations to provide the best support possible to our beneficiaries.’

‘It will also enable the Groundwork to use its expertise to make a real difference to those veterans struggling with the upkeep of their gardens, as well as provide others with a chance to learn new skills and support the Armed Forces community in a unique way as a volunteer.’

If you or someone you know could benefit from a Green Aiders visit or would like to volunteer, contact Sarah Culverwell on 01582 720147.

About Groundwork

Changing places, changing lives – one green step at a time.

We work across the UK helping communities find practical solutions to the challenges they face.

We provide training and create jobs, reduce energy and waste, re-connect people with nature and transform whole neighbourhoods.

Step by step we’ll go on changing places and changing lives until everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong enough to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential.

For more information visit the Groundwork website.