Thrive and Pinnacle trainees provide upkeep support on Westminster estate

Eight young people with physical and learning difficulties passed work experience courses in grounds upkeep last week.

Gardening charity Thrive and contractor Pinnacle PSG teamed up to offer work placements around Westbourne Park Estate in Westminster. Pinnacle manages around half the estates in Westminster and the trainees worked alongside contractors for 14 hours a week.

They planted bulbs and shrubs, collected leaves, cut grass and used power tools such as blowers. Pinnacle contract manager Mario Goncalves said he wanted to offer placement opportunities for more people on the scheme in the future.

"We are always looking to employ locally and are keen to support community initiatives, so this project was right up our street", he said. "Projects like this maximise the potential for stronger, more sustainable communities."

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