Veterans need help in their planting plan

Project: Penwortham War Memorial. Below, Donna Rowe-Green
Project: Penwortham War Memorial. Below, Donna Rowe-Green
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Veterans working to improve some of Preston’s war memorials are calling on other servicemen and women to help them got the job done.

The ex-military personnel who are involved with the Dig In walled garden project in Ashton Park, Preston, are creating wooden planters to be placed next to local war memorials but are “up against it” and need some more volunteers.

Donna Rowe-Green

Donna Rowe-Green

The team will be putting the finished planters next to war memorials in the area including Hutton, Penwortham, Woodplumpton, Warton and Garstang.

Donna Rowe-Green, founder of Dig In, said: “We are doing our best to get them ready for November, but are up against it.

“You do not have to be an experienced carpenter, all we are asking for are more people who have served in our armed forces, or who are indeed still serving, to join our existing team of veterans to give them a hand.

“The planters are being built at Grange Community Garden under the tuition of Franc, their qualified carpenter, who is great at guiding people in all the skills they need for this task.”

Dig In is a local organisation working alongside military veterans from the area in order to provide support for those experiencing any kind of emotional challenge as a result of their service.

As well as carpentry, they are involved in gardening, photography and a number of local community projects.

Donna added: “Everyone has heard about the potential effects of serving in our Armed Forces, however at Dig In we concentrate on the positive side of service.

“All of our team have an amazing set of skills, a work ethic second to none and a desire to serve their local community.

“We channel these attributes for the good of both the veteran and the community of Preston and beyond.”

This latest mission isn’t the first big project the charity has embarked on.

They worked in all weathers to create their own garden in Ashton Park.

The charity was helped by Channel 5’s Operation Homefront to make the garden in the first place and the finish project formed part of a series which was aired last month.

If you are able to help with the planters project, or would like more information about Dig In contact Donna Rowe-Green on 07810128019 or