Award keeps gardening project going

16:23 8th November 2011

Greenhouse enthusiasts might be interested to know the New Leaf project, which trains and rehabilitates young offenders through gardening, was saved from the chop by winning an prize at the South London Press Our Heroes Awards last year, it has been claimed.

The project won the Community Project category at the awards ceremony and founder of New Leaf Vinnie O'Connell said the prize had exposed the youngsters' work to the public.

Mr O'Connell told South London Today that "amazing things" had happened for the scheme as a result of winning, including a financial bailout from United St Saviour's Charity last month.

"Winning the Our Heroes award has really opened up people's eyes to what we do. If we hadn't got the award we wouldn't have got the £5,000 funding from the United St Saviour's Charity," he was reported to have said.

The group plans to plant the banks alongside platforms one and two of the West Dulwich railway station, as well as develop a site to be used as a resource for school student.ADNFCR-2584-ID-800789747-ADNFCR

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