The Northern Echo: Peter RichardsonName: Peter Richardson
Age: 22
Lives: Darlington
Looking for work in: Gardening


GCSEs in English, maths, science and design technology. NVQ Level 2 horticulture/ bricklaying. Last month, Peter was recognised for his commitment to his local area by winning the Young Person’s Contribution to the Community title at the Best of Darlington awards.


I am not afraid to get my hands dirty. Let’s be honest, that is part and parcel of the job. I love working outdoors in any weather. It really doesn’t bother me if it’s raining or freezing cold.

I couldn’t stand being cooped up in an office, that kind of life is not for me.

I spent six months clearing people’s gardens working for (environmental regeneration charity) Groundwork as part of the Future Jobs Fund project.

When that ended, I asked to stay on with Groundwork as a volunteer. I am the kind of person who wants to keep busy.

Sitting around doing nothing is not an option for me. I hope that Groundwork can start me on an apprentice, but nothing has been confirmed at this stage so if anyone can offer me a job or more work experience then I would jump at the chance.

• I have worked on gardens, sheltered housing projects and community allotments. I have a wide range of experience, from working with block paving and making raised beds to planting and setting up polytunnels.

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