Published On: Tue, Jun 17th, 2014 on 11:04 am

TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin shares top tips at Leeds project

Diarmuid Gavin Archway Leeds

A Leeds project has received a visit from TV gardener Diarmuid Gavin for the work it does in the community.

The Urban Growth project, run by the Archway charity in Harehills, also gained a £500 grant through an investment project initiated by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and supported by Karcher.

In April, the RHS received applications from over 70 charities, schools, community gardening groups, social enterprises and similar organisations who applied for funding to help finance local projects.

Archway was one of the applicants, and won a visit from Mr Gavin who offered advice on planting, recycling and gardening.

It was chosen for its support to young people, enabling them to raise their attainment, aspirations and confidence.

Mr Gavin told the Yorkshire Standard: “It’s been fantastic because I’ve been getting an understanding of the work Archway does for the community. The work they’re doing is commendable.

“Lots of children have been gardening, and pots have been made from cardboard and paper. People who use the centre will be able to irrigate the gardens, and look after their gardens.”

Regional development manager for RHS Yorkshire, Libby Goodacre, said: “This event has been a good opportunity for people to get gardening. Also, gardening doesn’t just have to be only for fun, but about making healthy choices in life.”

Les Parkinson, a young person’s support worker at Archway, added: “The gardening project has been a first for Archway, where we wanted to promote sustainable gardening and encourage even our neighbours.

“Many young people attended, and people have been busy working on the patio and replanting the bushes.”

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