Students dig deep to create Balfarg garden

From left, Leslieanne Haxton, Siobhan Shepherd and Megan MacKinnon
From left, Leslieanne Haxton, Siobhan Shepherd and Megan MacKinnon

STUDENTS from Adam Smith College have dug deep to create a new garden for pensioners to enjoy at their Balfarg care home .

Some hard work, sweat and toil ensured the 11 students completed the garden restoration in just one week, turning a neglected piece of land into a new outside area for residents to enjoy.

The project is the second of three within the college’s annual Princes Trust programme, in which students look for ways to improve their local communities.

Siobhan Sheppard, team leader on the Balfarg care home ‘make-over’ said the students had “worked wonders” to create the garden.

“It’s been a fantastic effort by everyone involved”, she told the Gazette.

“The students get 12 weeks to complete all aspects of the project from start to finish.

“Firstly they identified a suitable project and then organised various fundraising ideas in which to pay for the improvements before carrying out the work.”

She added: “The project is also an excellent way of building organisational, team building and other resposiblities and is a great adition to the students CV’s which will help them when they come to looking for employment.”

As part of the fundraising the students held a charity carwash to help pay for new plants that were added the new garden.

Zak Guile, one of the students involved in the project, said: “It’s been hard work but very enjoyable, especially as the finished garden will directly benefit the residents here.

“I’d recommend getting involved in the various programmes that the Prince’s Trust Foundation have, they are for a worthwhile cause.”