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Abbots Langley Improvements volunteers help create 'sense of community'
A group of green-fingered women have so far volunteered approximately 150 hours of their time to help cultivate the public garden spaces in Abbots Langley.
Over the last four months AIMS, Abbots Langley Improvements, have been clearing up the green spaces in the village.
The group was set up as a gardening service after a small group of villagers noticed that some public spaces needed tending to and had been neglected.
Joan Appleton, volunteer at AIMS, said: "We found out from Abbots Langley parish council that having a gardener was beyond the budget and withdrawn some time ago. However, we were granted a donation from the parish to get us started."
"Since the end of April and into May, we have been very busy clearing up the public garden spaces of Abbots. We estimate that so far we have put in 150 labour hours. The areas we have worked on are the Millennium Garden, Kitters Green, the small garden by the police station and in these areas we have been shifting around 200 black sacks of weeds.
"We have, so far, removed numerous dead plants and chopped, pruned, replanted and watered plants. The chats we have with shoppers heading to and from the village lends to a sense of community. We love it."
The group have also decorated Henderson Hall, in High Street, with hanging baskets thanks to the parish council installing the necessary hooks and fixtures. The baskets were donated by Lynn, the owner of Over the Moon flower and gift shop, in High Street.
AIMS have applied to Thrive Homes for funding and Sean Hughes, head of Thrive Homes policy and communication department, paid the organisation a visit. Ms Appleton said Thrive Homes may be able to provide some garden tools, an identifiable form of uniform and appropriate footwear.
Ms Appleton added: "All in all, it has been and remains to be a busy time."
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