Kelso teens find wild flowers simply Ace

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Teenagers in Kelso are joining in a national campaign to grow wild flowers in neglected spaces.

The Rezz Youth Project, which is about to move into the former ACE Centre in the town’s Angraflat Road, has been awarded nearly £3,000 from Kew Gardens and its £10.5million Let’s Grow Wild campaign.

The young people decided their new base and surrounding area needed improving and applied for money.

The Rezz Youth Project provides a drop-in facility for young people in the town and surrounding villages.

The group, aged between 11 and 19, will plan and design the planting as part of their achievement awards.

Project youth worker Mandi Wright said: “The funding from Grow Wild (£2,194) will give the young people from The Rezz Youth Project the opportunity to experience new skills and learning in gardening which will benefit the whole community.

“We are all excited, delighted and eager to get started!”

Grow Wild is the UK’s biggest wild flower seed sowing campaign and aims to encourage people to plant areas such as derelict land, unattractive public toilets and other neglected spots, as well as gardens and windowsills.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, launched Let’s Grow Wild last week. The campaign is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and runs until 2017.

The Kelso work is one of 13 community projects to have been awarded £41,070 for sites across Scotland.