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Youths give park a much-needed spring clean

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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YOUNGSTERS have got stuck in to give a Swadlincote park a new lease of life.

Youth training organisation DART has worked with South Derbyshire District Council to maintain trees and outdoor furniture at Eureka Park.

The restoration project got underway thanks to a heft £547,316 grant to the district council from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

John Lemmon, chairman of community services at the district council, said “The restoration of Eureka Park is providing a springboard for so many young people to learn skills and contribute to the local community.

“Young people have helped with sporting activities and also carried out work on the bowling green fence.

“Now the park is providing a hands-on training ground for young people from DART.”

DART provides work-based training in horticulture, trees, timber, conservation and street scenes.

Tony Boden, from the organisation, said: “Trainees learnt to install concrete posts, create a level fencing line, fit rails and kick boards and put up feather-edged boards to achieve a professional finish.”

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