YOUNGSTERS starting work on a mural in a new South Yorkshire community garden were given an unexpected hand by their MP.
Labour MP Dan Jarvis, who represents Barnsley, and Barnsley Coun Roy Miller helped out on the project when they toured Darton Community Garden.
Youngsters working on the mural are part of the Kid’s Earth activity group.
The artwork is based on people and activities around the garden and in the local area – and Dan helped apply the undercoat.
The mural, on the side of the garden’s storage container will progress over the next few weeks using paint donated by DIY chain B&Q.
Mr Jarvis and Coun Miller also watched the children pond dip in the wildlife area of the garden and chatted to members of the garden project who where tending their plots on the two-acre site at the top of Bridge Street.
Afterwards, they enjoyed tea and scones with raspberry and blackcurrant jam made from fruit grown in the garden.
Kid’s Earth is based at the garden and is free to children aged eight to 18. It takes place every Sunday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm under the supervision of staff. Activities include gardening, cooking, wildlife, art and craft and games.
Pete Riley, community garden manager, said: “It was fantastic that Mr Jarvis and Coun Miller were able to spend so much time with us and find out about how the garden runs and see the Kid’s Earth group in a full swing. We very much hope that the garden will continue to flourish and be an important part of the local community.”
n Anyone interested in the garden or Kid’s Earth can call Pete Riley on 07903 431065.