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Rovers get flats growing

SARAH CODDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 28/01/2014
PM Youth

MUCKING IN: Manukau Rover Scouts build a raised garden bed at Papatoetoe’s Acacia Court. From left, Amy-Lee Long, Raymond Christini, Phil Prosser and Jacqui Mitchell.

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Helpful Scouts are encouraging seniors to grow their own vegetables and become more self-sufficient.

Manukau Rover Scouts have teamed up with the Auckland Council to build two raised vegetable gardens for elderly residents at Papatoetoe's Acacia Court Council flats.

The Scouts started building two garden beds last Saturday.

They will be planting a variety of vegetables this weekend including tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, spring onion and beetroot.

Scouts will give the residents a couple of tips on how to care for their new gardens and they will then take over maintenance.

Assistant Scout leader David Thorpe says the project is a good team effort.

"They got a real buzz out of it and really felt like they had achieved something," he says.

The project is part of a Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board food initiative project which aims to encourage backyard gardening.

Rover Scouts are 18 to 26-year-olds and are members of the worldwide Scout movement.

The Manukau crew is one of three based in South Auckland and has nine members who meet fortnightly. There are more than 18,000 Scouts and 3000 volunteer leaders in New Zealand.

Call Jacqui Mitchell on 027 428 8729 for inquiries on Manukau Rover Scouts membership.

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- Manukau Courier

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