Grounds maintenance team comprised of students with learning difficulties wins Whitstable garden-planting contract

A grounds maintenance team formed of students at a centre for adults with learning difficulties has won a contract for work at a housing development in Whitstable.

The Family Investment Homes grounds maintenance team led by horticulture department head Peter Buscall is now on site planting gardens for Ansley Builders. Buscall told HW he expected the work to continue for two months. As well as planting on the housing project, the team will lay around 400sq m of turf.

"This is a real breakthrough for us because it shows that we are now being given opportunities by large companies," explained Buscall. "Although our workers have learning disabilities, big companies are prepared to give us a chance."

Based at the Elham Valley Vineyard in Kent, the organisation has also received planning permission to open its own plant centre, which will sell plants to the public.

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