25th October 2013
North Ayrshire horticulture project set to flourish
A new landscaping project in Kilwinning enables people with learning disabilities across North Ayrshire
to gain valuable skills and gives them a better chance of finding a job. This plant nursery was officially
opened on 10th October by Councillor
Hazeldene Horticulture, a social
enterprise run by ENABLE Scotland in partnership with North
Ayrshire Council and Impact Arts, received £98,639 from players of People's
Postcode Lottery to develop this project. Each year, it gives
44 people with learning difficulties the chance to get
hands-on experience working in the gardening industry.
The first group of 16 trainees started at Hazeldene last month and are already hard at work establishing the business.
Enterprise Manager at ENABLE
Scotland, Doreen Walkinshaw, said, "Hazeldene Horticulture will significantly
increase the employability success for people with learning disabilities across
North Ayrshire. After a great deal of time spent planning, I am delighted to be
here today seeing Hazeldene up and running and our first group of trainees
already benefitting from the project."
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "Hazeldene Horticulture will be a real asset to those across North Ayrshire who have learning disabilities. We are delighted that the support from players of People's Postcode Lottery has enabled the opening of this fantastic social enterprise. As the project gets fully underway we would like to wish everyone involved the best of luck."