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Gardening club launches for youngsters

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By Euan Maxwell
Annan and Eskdale
Gardening club launches for youngsters

THE DEVIL’S Porridge Museum is back open — and is inviting local young people along for a spot of weekend gardening.

The Eastriggs attraction has reopened following months of closure due to covid restrictions and museum manager Judith Hewitt is eager to get the grounds flourishing.

She said: “The first thing we’ve got going with is our weekly gardening activity.”

This sees youngsters planting potatoes, runner beans and more in the Museum’s ‘Dig for Victory’ garden as part of a project to teach young people about environmental issues with the support of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Coastal Communities Benefit Fund.

Judith added: “This garden was started by some of our older volunteers to teach skills to younger people and we are so pleased to be getting the garden blooming again after a long year when it looked rather forlorn!

“Working out of doors is good for everybody after the year we’ve all had. The young people have been enjoying the sunshine in a safe, socially distanced way. If you’d like to join us, please do get in touch.”

The gardening session runs every Saturday from 10 am at Devils Porridge, is free to attend and is open to all young people. Pre-booking is essential and young people aged 10 or under must be accompanied by a supervising adult. For all attending, a full covid health and safety risk assessment will be provided on arrival.


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