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Junior Neighbourhood Wardens transform green space in Colne Avenue

Junior Neighbourhood Wardens have started work on transforming the garden view for residents at Colne Avenue, Southampton, hugely improving the view for two ground floor disabled residents.

The area had become overgrown and unmanageable for residents but is now clear ready for planting as part of an on-going project. The Juniors worked hard on weeding, clearing and preparing a raised bed with disabled access for planting. They will return soon to complete planting work in the area.

Amy, a resident of Colne Avenue said, "I am in a wheelchair and have mobility issues, I love looking out of my window into my garden and seeing all of the plants and wildlife that visits. The area unfortunately had become overgrown which spoilt my view and I am unable to maintain it myself. With the help of the Junior Neighbourhood Wardens I now have a clear view of my garden and soon will be able to go into the garden in the nice weather and plant my own flowers."

Councillor Satvir Kaur Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture said "Our Junior Neighbourhood Wardens are an amazing asset to our residents and their local communities. It is great to see them working together to help our vulnerable residents maintain their green spaces. It is also another example of the important inter-generational work and support we do."

The Junior Neighbourhood Wardens scheme is a council-run not for profit community project working with over 270 children across the city aged 7 to 12 on local projects such as gardening, graffiti removal, litter picking, charity fundraising, and befriending and combatting loneliness locally.

The wardens are supported to develop a sense of pride and respect in their local neighbourhood and to promote a positive image of children in the community. The Juniors work alongside the council's Neighbourhood Wardens and other council services to help improve their local area.