Horticultural awards help adult social care service users to 'Grow and Learn'

Four individuals who are supported by the City of Edinburgh Council's disability day services have had their ‘green fingers’ recognised in an awards ceremony at Saughton Winter Gardens today.

The 'Grow and Learn' awards have been developed and accredited by the Royal Caledonian Horticulture Society (RCHS), to recognise the horticultural achievements of people with complex learning needs.

The award recipients are Asma Waheed (35); Sharon Rice (39); Victoria Higgins (28); Tony Scott (31). They worked for over a year to complete the awards, working closely with both the Council's social care staff, and garden staff in Saughton Winter Gardens.

The centrepiece of the work recognised today is a large flower bed of annual wildflowers which has been very popular with bees and insects, as well as visitors to the garden.

Health and Social Care convenor Cllr Ricky Henderson said: "This is the first time the RCHS award has been successfully completed by users of our social care services, and we are delighted with their achievements. The course has been a real success, and we hope to develop the project so that others can benefit too".

President of the RCHS, Pam Whittle said: "We are delighted to be awarding Certificates to these participants in the Grow and Learn project. This is a disciplined and structured programme and people have to work hard to achieve it - you can't get it just by turning up! These are the first certificates of this kind to be awarded in Edinburgh and we are very pleased to be working with the City of Edinburgh Social Care and Gardens staff."

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