The garden at the house of Aidan Jackowiak Smith, which is undergoing a community makeover, has been transformed in little over a month.
When the Aid for Aidan project was launched at the beginning of July by the Gazette and Alnwick-based MKM Building Supplies, the garden was a tangled mess of overgrown trees and shrubs.
It had to be levelled and a mountain of topsoil, roots, branches and rocks removed to allow easy access for Aidan’s wheelchair. The three-year-old has Cloves Syndrome, an extremely rare medical condition, and suffers swelling to his face and body.
Volunteers have worked tirelessly on the garden and recent jobs have included cutting down some huge leylandii trees.
In this video, Tom Pattinson, the Gazette’s gardening correspondent, who has been overseeing the outside work, shows us the tremendous progress that has been made.