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Dig In gardening project welcomes the Duke of Kent to see their work with veterans

Posted on - 5th June, 2019 - 6:48pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Preston News
The Duke of Kent visited Dig In, in the walled garden in Ashton Park

A veterans project in Ashton welcomed a royal visitor to see the work they are doing with ex-servicemen and women in the community.

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The Duke of Kent HRH Prince Edward praised the work carried out by veterans at Dig In in Ashton Park during his visit on Wednesday afternoon.

Dig In is a community garden which provides a space for people to learn new skills and enjoy the tranquillity that comes from spending time outdoors.

The project aims to help former members of the military as they move into civvy street, by providing practical support and skills training and a place to meet others and share their experiences.

“We are not a therapy centre but there is a lot of distraction therapy in horticulture. It has been proven to have mental health benefits.”

Read more: Exploring inside the veterans garden created in Ashton Park

During his visit, the Duke of Kent met with members of the military, staff and committee members from Dig In, service users, and supporters of the project.

He was presented with a wooden plaque, made in the workshop, bearing his family crest.

He also met with members of the Let’s Grow Project, which provides workshops, community projects and plants in the community.

He said: “I hope you have a good growing season – we haven’t had any rain at all down south!”

Read more: Creative green spaces and saving lives – how this Preston charity is growing its impact

Jacky said: “We have so much going on here – we have had gardens at Tatton and Chorley Shows, some people take on a bed and develop it, we do work with primary schools and care homes and really do a lot.

“They do woodwork, stonemasonry, pyrography and photography. There are so many different opportunities here. It is great to have an opportunity to show what we do.”

Read more: Diggy Sticks woodland event opens in Penwortham

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