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Havering teenagers brighten up beloved community garden

PUBLISHED: 17:32 03 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:43 03 August 2016

Teenagers are trying to encourage volunteering at the Mardyke Community Centre as part of their National Citizen Service.

Teenagers are trying to encourage volunteering at the Mardyke Community Centre as part of their National Citizen Service.

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Teenagers have been getting active in the community by helping clear a much-loved but overgrown garden at a community centre in Rainham.

The group of teenagers from Havering have been working hard to improve the borough as part of their National Citizens Service.

Backed by the government, the month-long project allows youngsters to take part in residential activities, learn new skills and work in the community.

On Monday, they visited the Mardyke Community Centre, in South Street, Rainham, and helped clear up the overgrown weeds and branches.

Eloise Dawes, 16, from Upminster, said the whole experience had been amazing.

She said: “I’m so pleased I took part, it’s been absolutely amazing.

“I would always tell people to volunteer now, as you get so much out of it.”

The week before the community visit, the group of teens aged 15 to 17, were challenged in a ‘Dragons Den’ style environment to bid for £50.

The group was successful and used the money to purchase gardening equipment for the centre.

Eloise said: “It’s been great, and we feel like we’ve really helped out.

“When we were trying to get the money, we had to show what we would spend it on, and what logistical plans we had made.

“I would highly recommend the scheme to anyone!”

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