Green fingers with Year 8 at Ark

While the sun was shining over Harehills yesterday our Year 8 students showed off their green fingers at ARK Community Centre. 
 
ARK is a community space based on Hovingham Avenue which was setup and is managed by a charity called CATCH Leeds. ARK includes a building with several meeting rooms, Toast Love Coffee community cafe and a sports field.
 
They are busy creating a community garden behind the centre and have recently planted some trees. Our students were tasked with painting benches, treating logs and planting.
 
The students also had mini-gardening lessons where they learnt how to 'mulch' a tree - by putting cardboard and wood chips around the bottom of the trees it stops weeds growing and helps make sure the tree gets enough water. 
 
Ash Razzaq, who founded CATCH and ARK, spoke to the students about the importance of volunteering, which benefits the volunteer as well as the organisation.  He also stressed that the work CATCH does would not be possible without people volunteering their time, be it a few hours, whole days or as a ‘one-off’. 
 
Ash explained that many of our students regularly volunteer at the centre with some gaining paid positions
 
Year 8 had such a great time that they didn't want to leave. Thank you very much to CATCH and ARK for having us, and we can't wait to see how the garden once completed. 
 
This volunteering session was a continuation of the work Year 8 have been doing for the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust Award. 

To see more photos from the day, click Here

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