Garden scheme

ELDERLY residents will be able to get help with their gardens thanks to a new initiative.

South Elmsall Town Council has started the Assisted Garden Maintenance Scheme to look after pensioners’ gardens.

It costs £5 and to be eligible the resident must meet a number of requirements.

They must live in South Elmsall, be over 65 years old with a medical condition which limits their ability to look after the garden, and also have no able-bodied person in the house aged between 16 and 64 years old.

Responsibility for the service and operation will be organised by the town council.

Any gardens that may be considered difficult or contravene health and safety will not be eligible for the service.

This may include overgrown bushes and trees or gardens that are in a very poor state.

Staff will carry out a short inspection before they undertake any work.

Any gardens that are not eligible will be refused.

The service will commence on May 1, 2012 and April 1, every year after.

It will run until October each year.

More information, including a booking form, please contact the town council between 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday, on 01977 642335.