A TEAM of young people have been volunteering their time to spruce up the gardens at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Ten young people aged 16 to 22, have spent six days working in the gardens at the rear of the hospice on Kildare Street, Hindley, as part of The Prince’s Trust scheme led by the charity Groundwork.

The group is currently six weeks into a 12-week programme aimed at giving young people new skills to help them into education or work.

Project leader Dylan Turner, aged 18, who would like to work in construction, said: “We’ve been busy clearing all the pathways, digging out nettles and weeds and cutting back plants near the inpatient unit. We’ve put new flower beds in and we’ve cleared soil.

“It’s not just to make the gardens look nice, it’s because it’s good for the patients and their families to have gardens to walk in.”