MUCKY DIGGING ON YEW TREE with MP, Councillor, Housing Trust and Greswell pupils

Mucky Diggers2Andrew Gwynne MP joined in with volunteers from New Charter Housing Trust Group and pupils from Greswell Primary School’s ‘Mucky Diggers’ gardening group, as part of the national Give and Gain day.

The scheme aims to encourage employees to ‘give a day back’ to their community by volunteering to take part in different projects during working hours.

Thousands of people got involved across the country, with New Charter taking part for the first time. New Charter held four programmes across Tameside as part of their work to deliver the neighbourhood plans, and improve the star ratings.

The Denton MP and councillors joined a team at Standish Walk in Denton where members of Green Charter, year five pupils from the Denton school and tenants planted ‘water loving’ shrubs on a problematic grass bank on the neighbourhood.

Standish Walk saw a real team effort with some of the Greswell Primary pupils also living on the area.

There were also teams at Hyde Park Café, Micklehurst Youth Base and Acresfield community garden.

Staff and clients from Threshold, a homelessness charity that is part of New Charter Group, spent the day giving the café a lick of paint and the team at Micklehurst spruced up the recently renovated building ready for reopening. Residents at Acresfield will now also be able to enjoy an improved community garden thanks to the team’s fantastic efforts.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I really enjoyed joining in gardening with the ‘Mucky Diggers’ from Greswell Primary. I fully support this initiative which allows all of us to give something back to the community. It shows dedication to developing our neighbourhoods and surrounding areas.”

Emma Wilson, director of communities at New Charter Homes said:

 “All of our volunteers showed a real commitment to improving the community and the results that they have achieved are fantastic. We now plan to make this national day a part of our give time back scheme to encourage more staff to volunteer their time to needy projects.”

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