Teens dig ‘pick your own’ herb garden in Northchurch

Sunnyside Rural Trust volunteers Connie Burger and Tess Crozier at the Northchurch site
Sunnyside Rural Trust volunteers Connie Burger and Tess Crozier at the Northchurch site

Young people from a youth centre raised their game by putting in time and effort to create a herb garden for a nursery that works with adults who have learning difficulties.

The teenagers from The Swan Youth Centre in Berkhamsted planted chocolate mint, copper fennel and the more usual parsley, sage rosemary and thyme at Sunnyside Rural Trust’s Northchurch site.

Funded by Mencap’s Raising Your Game, the day was organised by youth coordinator Clare Muir, who had appealed for volunteering groups to help the trust with specific projects.

She said: “They didn’t think they’d enjoy it as much as they did. 

“They felt it was something positive to do during the holidays by helping others and were really pleased with the end product. We all look forward to seeing how it grows and develops.”

The aim of the garden is to offer customers the chance to pick their own herbs. The site already has a shop where the vegetables, eggs and plants that are grown are sold by trainees gaining work experience.