4th Crosby Scouts have been working with us and the Desmond Family Canoe Trail in Sefton since 2017.
The scouts approached us asking to do ‘A Pocket Adoption as part of the A Million Hands Partnership with the Scouts Association.
After adopting a length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Litherland, Sefton near their hut, the scouts wanted to focus on using their section of canal to promote metal health awareness. So they involved the mental health charity Mind in the project and in the space next to the canal the scouts envisaged that it would be a place where people could come to relax and enjoy the surroundings, improving their mental health and making life better by water.
I want to support mental health because some people don’t know enough about it.Young person, Scout group
The initial plan for the garden included clearing the area of any litter, cutting back and clearing vegetation to make space for planters. Then the next step was set about building planters from scratch with instruction from Start Creative CIC, an arts and creative social enterprise based in SAFE Regeneration Ltd, where the Desmond Family Canoe Trail is also based.
This is how the garden now looks with the planters in place. 4th Crosby Scouts are continuing to improve this area – they have plans to add a noticeboard with contact details for ‘Mind’ and description of this ‘A Million Hands’ project.