A SERVICE aimed at teaching adults with learning disabilities how to grow plants and vegetables has received a financial boost.

Tynedale Horticultural Service, which grows and then sells the items to members of the public, were able to purchase digital equipment to develop new skills after receiving money from Corbridge Gardening Society.

The horticultural skills unit, based at Minsteracres Retreat Centre, work closely with the Corbridge group, and has used the money given to them to purchase a video camera and tripod to promote its services.

Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult health and wellbeing at Northumberland County Council, which runs the horticultural service, said: “This is such a generous gift from Corbridge Gardening Society, and has been used to help our service users develop their filmmaking and photography skills, which in turn will help promote the service to the public.”

Jane Hastings, chairwoman of the Corbridge Gardening Society added: “We are delighted to have been able to help Tynedale Horticultural Service users with equipment to film their gardening experiences. The service has been associated with Corbridge Gardening Society for the past three years, and we hope the films they produce will be shown at our spring and summer shows.

“The gardening society believes gardening is a great activity for everyone, and they are looking forward to seeing Tynedale Horticultural Service users enjoying their gardening experiences at their new premises at Minsteracres.”