A planter that was destroyed by a car has been restored to its former pleasantness by three Penhill youngsters who built it in 2012.
Sam Jones, Annabelle Ward and Madison Price were part of a group of 22 young people who made the planter two years ago as part of Swindon Borough Council’s Young Wardens scheme.
But when a car collided with the large plant box near the junction with Cricklade Road and Grafton Road last month, all their hard work was left in tatters. So Sam, Annabelle and Madison joined the council’s Neighbourhood Warden team this morning to repaint the rebuilt planter and install the original sign that was damaged in the collision.
Sevenfields Primary pupil Sam, 10, said he was only too happy to give up a morning of his school half-term to help with the restoration project. He said: “I was really disappointed when I heard what happened. I was happy to help out today as I wanted to do something nice for the area.”
Nine-year-old Annabelle, like Madison a pupil at Swindon Academy, could not wait to start painting the repaired planter. “I was really upset when I heard the planter was destroyed,” she said. “I like helping people so this seemed like a good thing to do.”
Claire Melrose, Lead Neighbourhood Warden for Penhill and Stratton, and her colleagues Charlie Parker and Andrew Dell helped the children with the restoration project.
“We had to take the planter apart and rebuild it and the children are helping to paint it to bring it back to life,” explained Claire.
“Wyevale Garden Centre in Stratton have very kindly offered to provide new plants and they are also providing plants for a similar project in the summer at the other entrance to Penhill.
“The children worked so hard to create this planter two years ago and we have had so much support from local residents, who are really glad we have put it back together again.”
The Young Warden scheme, which is free of charge for council tenants’ children aged between seven and 11, focuses on providing education, awareness raising and fun during the summer holidays.
The scheme, which has been running for the last five years, is run by the council’s Housing Neighbourhood Warden team, whose role is to work out and about in the community helping to keep estates safe and clean.
For further information about the scheme email: email@example.com or call 07824 537704.