Kelso project is blooming great

Rezz garden project, ACE Centre, Kelso
Rezz garden project, ACE Centre, Kelso

Three months after a £2,194 cash injection from the Grow Wild community projects fund for Scotland for its Rezz Garden Project, The Rezz Youth Project has reported great progress.

The site at the former Ace Centre in Kelso is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Let’s Grow Wild campaign, which aims to inspire people across the UK to get together to transform unloved spaces with native wild flowers, creating new habitats for wildlife in the

process. Grow Wild is a £10.5million programme bringing people together to sow, grow and enjoy UK native wildflowers – 97 per cent of wildflower meadows have disappeared since the 1930s.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Grow Wild is also a response to studies that have shown that communities across the UK are now more fragmented than ever before and young people, in particular, do not often have the freedom to connect with nature.

The Scottish Grow Wild campaign is partnering with Greenspace Scotland and Youth Scotland.

Since receiving its award, The Rezz Youth Project has completed the hard landscaping and invited local community members to a planting and sowing event on the previously-disused open spaces around the former Ace Centre, which is to be the group’s new drop-in facility, serving young people in Kelso and the surrounding villages.

The garden project is being run by young people from The Rezz, aged between 11 and 19, who will plan and design the garden as part of their achievement awards.