Early birthday present for 80-year-old from the Green Aiders and Watford Borough Council

A man who will celebrate his 80th birthday on Bank Holiday Monday got an early present when Watford Borough Council sent some ‘Green Aiders’ to spruce up his garden.

Published: Wednesday, 26th August 2015

The arrangement was made under a council scheme that provides free gardening help to elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents in the Watford area. The one-off clearance service is offered to people whose gardens have grown a bit out of hand. A team of Green Aiders – friendly volunteers and experienced staff from the charity Groundwork – will then visit them for a clean-up session to make their gardens more manageable.

Garston resident Tony Hare, whose 80th birthday is on Bank Holiday Monday, is one of many who have received help from the Green Aiders. He said: “I was more than happy with the job that was done – they helped me a lot. They were very helpful and friendly, and took a great weight off my mind.”

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “It’s great that we can offer free help to the people who need it most. Our Green Aiders restore the clean, tidy greenness of gardens belonging to those who may need a little helping hand because they can’t afford their own gardener. The friendly helpers also take away any rubbish that may be cluttering up the space out there, and by the time they’re done, the gardens look amazing.”

If residents think you could benefit from a Green Aiders visit, or if you would like to become one yourself, phone Groundwork on 01707 260129 or email hertfordshire@groundwork.org.uk

The scheme – funded by Watford Borough Council and run by Groundwork – will continue until at least March 31 next year. Restrictions apply. The scheme is available to private home owners and private rented tenants.

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