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Green fingered neighbours help Kendal bloom

Horticare service user Rebecca Hughes (left) with United Utilities' Deborah Marsh
Horticare service user Rebecca Hughes (left) with United Utilities’ Deborah Marsh

[W]ater company United Utilities has teamed up with green-fingered organisation Horticare to help Kendal look blooming marvellous this spring.

Horticare, part of Cumbria County Council’s Cumbria Care programme, offers therapeutic horticulture activities for people with learning difficulties, such as growing seeds, composting, lawn care and landscape maintenance.

Horticare’s site, based at Wattsfield Road on the outskirts of Kendal, backs onto United Utilities’ wastewater treatment plant.

Horticare service user Chris Wolf (left) with United Utilities' Kieran McLoughlin
Horticare service user Chris Wolf (left) with United Utilities’ Kieran McLoughlin

Volunteers from the water company recently teamed up with Horticare to spruce up Kendal’s Peace Garden ahead of spring, as well as clearing a disused and overgrown area on the Horticare site, for future use.

Matt Parr from United Utilities said: “Horticare is our nearest neighbour here at Kendal Wastewater Treatment Works, so it was great to take time out to work with service users. It was a very rewarding day. We all made new friends, while helping to improve the local environment.”

John Taylor, supervisor at Horticare said: “Our thanks to the United Utilities team for all their time and effort. We’ve been neighbours with United Utilities for the past sixteen years, and have a good relationship with the company. Our service users really enjoyed working with the volunteers, and we’re looking forward to doing it again soon.”

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