Gardening job scheme open

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AMBER Valley’s MP Nigel Mills was today due to open a scheme to help unemployed people find work in the borough.

Five people have been taken on to cut grass and trim hedges on properties owned by Amber Valley Housing.

Mr Mills will meet the team from Futures Greenscape, the new grounds maintenance arm of Derbyshire-based Futures Housing Group, before marking the occasion with a tree planting ceremony at Hathersage Drive Community Centre, in Leabrooks.

After the fully-paid six-month contracts have finished, the team will get support and help to find longer-term work. The programme will be open to a new group next year.

The scheme is part of a range of projects to help tackle unemployment in the area, where it manages 5,500 homes through Amber Valley Housing.

A spokesman said: “Training and job opportunities are part of the company’s commitment as a social enterprise to reinvest its profits into the surrounding community.”