Norwich launches Mow and Grow scheme

Norwich teenagers have been given a boost by a scheme designed not just to get them into the garden and greenhouse but also into work.

The Mow and Grow project is aimed at giving unemployed teenagers gardening skills and training that could lead them down the path of finding employment, according to Norwich Evening News.

The scheme is run in partnership with Connexions and the North Earlham, Larkman and Marlpit (NELM) Development Trust.

The 12-month project will see teenagers work towards a nationally-recognised qualification over a period of 13 weeks.

NELM Development Trust chief executive Nick Craig explained that the scheme would help a number of sections of society.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to directly see the benefit of clearing and maintaining gardens and open spaces," he said.

"As well as being a benefit to the residents, the young people will be learning real skills that they can take with them into future employment."

It was recently noted in the Times, that Plymouth University is to launch a new sustainable horticulture course in association with the Eden Project. The course is set to begin in September 2009.