Megan paints brighter future for Community Garden

Supported Employment student, Megan Hewitson, wanted to use her time in lockdown productively so decided to get involved with some local projects to support her community. With the help from her mum, Sonia, and local volunteers, Megan has helped to brighten up Langley Park Community Garden.

The community garden first opened in 2015 and needed a revamp to help it return to its former glory. Megan and a group of volunteers, including her mum and Learning Support Assistant, Anne Cain, wanted to recreate a practical, bright and colourful space for the local community to enjoy. Megan was able to be as creative as she liked – she painted a multitude of different garden pieces, from planters to fence posts, and a mud kitchen and a picnic bench.

Megan used a rainbow of colours and, with support from Anne, transformed a basic picnic table into an exciting, bright and functional games table, which includes tic tac and an amazing snakes and ladders layout.

Bev Coult, Manager of the Community Garden and Local Councillor for Esh and Witton Ward, commented: "Megan has dedicated her time to helping rejuvenate our Community Garden, which has been in desperate need of some tender loving care.

Megan and Anne have a fantastic relationship and were able to bounce ideas off each other. It was clear they had a lot of fun and it was brilliant to see the smile on Megan’s face, she was totally content painting.

All of the volunteers have been fantastic, and their hard work will bring great enjoyment to all of those within and outside of our Community, who will use the garden over the coming months.”

Anne Cain, Learning Support Assistant at New College Durham, said: “Megan would normally be working at the Woodshed so this project has given her a positive focus during lockdown and she has shown total commitment to completing it. It has also been an opportunity to work with other people, allowing Megan to become more confident in her ideas and suggestions to develop the area.”

As a college, we are all so proud of Megan for dedicating her time to improve her local area and the experience of those who will visit the garden in the future.