Border Agency cleans up garden
A GARDEN at a centre for people with learning disabilities in Nailsea has been given a makeover.
An eight-strong squad from the UK Border Agency, based in Portishead, swapped their desks and laptops for spades and rakes to visit Nailsea's Scotch Horn Centre. Their mission was to get stuck in to a big overgrown garden at the centre, working alongside members of the award-winning Bespoke Group of people who have learning disabilities.
The group, which is supported by charity the Brandon Trust, have become a familiar sight carrying out community gardening and other similar projects around North Somerset.
The UK Border Agency's Kenny Chapman, who led the Scotch Horn garden clean-up squad, said the day's volunteering was part of an initiative which helped civil servants become more involved with the communities in which they worked.
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The agency team became aware of the work of the Brandon Trust via Civil Service Local, an organisation which identifies volunteering opportunities for civil servants.
Brandon Trust chief executive Lucy Hurst-Brown said: "We are indebted to the public-spirited UK Border Agency staff who gave up some of their valuable time to help our Bespoke Group return the garden to a more useable condition."