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Monday, 06 July 2015

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We weren’t prepared for this, say Ulverston Scouts

THEY might “be prepared” for any eventuality but a team of young Ulverston volunteers were caught by surprise when they were nominated for an award for their hard work.

COMMUNITY WORK Scouts at the opening of the community garden in The Gill, with leader Bryan Caine, right and guests

Do you know someone who lives, works, or has a strong connection to Ulverston who you think deserves an award? Click here to nominate them

Ulverston’s Xenolith Explorer Scouts are in the running for a Heart of Ulverston award in the Group or Project of the Year category sponsored by Furness Building Society.

The teenagers and Scout leaders were put forward by Dave Warren from The Original Factory Shop for their work to turn waste land near the shop into a community garden.

As part of the Incredible Edible Ulverston scheme, the team spent months transforming the space into a plot that will produce vegetables for local residents.

Xenolith Explorer Scout leader Bryan Caine said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. It’s really good for the kids because they put a lot of hard work into it.

“One of the lads was going up there on his own to work on it, that’s the kind of enthusiasm they had.”

Mr Warren said: “With the hard work and dedication this team have put in, I personally think they deserve this award and it makes me proud to have Bryan and his team as part of the community.

Mr Caine, who won the lifetime achievement award at last year’s Heart of Ulverston award, said despite the accolade, the group has no intention of slacking off.

“We’ve got a few bits and pieces left to do, a few slight touches like painting the wall and in the autumn we’re going to plant some spring bulbs.

“We also look after the planters around the start of the Cumbrian Way so next year we’re going to refurbish them.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent / Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Visit the Evening Mail website to fill out a nomination form.

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