Community garden flourishes in New Brighton, thanks to Boy Scout Troop 76 and H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Volunteers gathered on a crisp, sunny Saturday morning at the Skyline Community Garden in New Brighton, still in full bloom, to celebrate their gardening efforts over the last three years and the vegetables that are thriving and feeding the community.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 76, in conjuction with the non profit H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths, have refurbished a former bocce court located on the corner of Clyde Place and Prospect Avenue, planting and nurturing a community garden.

“Over the years we have been working with various groups,” said Watson Kawecki, Troop 76 Scout Master, based in Christ Church on Franklin Ave, also in New Brighton. “It’s not strictly our garden; it’s a community garden.

“Troop 76 is a five-year-old troop trying to keep the flame of scouting alive. Some of that is service. Some is giving to the community. And some of that is building up the skills you need in society.”

The youngest of Troop 76, Stefan Offenberg, 11, seemed pleased with the reults. “I helped remove weeds from the garden and other stuff that didn’t belong in the space,” he said. “I was happy to help because you can never have enough help with projects like this one.”

The vegetables of the garden, including zucchini, broccoli, summer squash, cucumbers, bunnernut squash, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes, are free to neighborhood families, thanks to the efforts of the non-profit, H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths.

“Troop 76 and six dedicated volunteers have tended to this beautiful garden from March to October for many seasons, providing the neighborhood with fresh vegetables in what was once an abondoned bocce court,” said Jim Logan of the NYC Parks Dept. “The space is now a beautiful setting for the area’s residents to visit and picnic on the surrounding benches.”

Volunteer Charlotte Hewitt agrees, noting that Troop 76 works hand in hand with H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths, a non profit headed by Heather Butts. “Our garden is open to the public and I’m proud to say we have eradicated the weeds,” said Hewitt.

“She brought the plants, planted them, and I plotted out four-foot beds. The scouts volunteered with their parents and did the watering and weeding. We have been going strong ever since.”

ABOUT H.E.A.L.T.H. FOR YOUTHS

H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths, Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed for the charitable and educational purposes of assisting youth. The organization strives to combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency, improve the quality of education, health care and life-skills training offered to adolescence and young adults.

“Skyline Community Garden wouldn’t be where it is this year without the help of Troop 76 this year,” said Heather Butts, founder and H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths. “We started it three years ago with help from Partnerships for Parks, Parks Department and Greenthumb.”

H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths is also the steward for several different gardens on North Shore, including Hillstreet Garden and Snug Harbor Garden, according to Hewitt.

(Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

Charlotte Hewitt explains the procedures involved in the refurbishment of the New Brighton community garden. (Dr. Gracelyn

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Inside Rebecca Judd’s VERY stylish new garden in her $7.3million Brighton mansion

Inside Rebecca Judd’s VERY stylish new garden: AFL WAG shows off her stunning outdoor space in her $7.3million Brighton mansion

Rebecca Judd spared no expense in renovating her $7.3million mansion in Melbourne’s Brighton.

And on Wednesday, the 37-year-old AFL WAG showed off her stylish new garden in her backyard.  

Posting a series of clips to her Instagram Stories, Rebecca shared footage of her expensive new plants, boutique pots and premium outdoor furniture next to her stunning pool.

'I'm so excited!' Inside Rebecca Judd’s (pictured) very stylish garden next to the pool of her $7.3million Brighton mansion

‘I’m so excited!’ Inside Rebecca Judd’s (pictured) very stylish garden next to the pool of her $7.3million Brighton mansion

Rebecca first showed off her fig plant, saying that she’s had trouble keeping it alive during Melbourne’s cold winter.

‘He’s so bloody sad! He’s been there a year and was always thriving and amazing but by the end of the Melbourne winter, things just got too cold for him outside and he started loosing his leaves,’ she said. 

‘I’m hoping now that it’s spring and it’s warmer that he’s going to fight back but things aren’t looking good. Sorry mate!’  

Fiddle-leaf figs can range in price from $26 for smaller plants to $800 for larger ones.

Plant mum! Posting a series of clips to her Instagram Stories, Rebecca shared footage of her expensive new plants, boutique pots and premium outdoor furniture next to her stunning pool

Plant mum! Posting a series of clips to her Instagram Stories, Rebecca shared footage of her expensive new plants, boutique pots and premium outdoor furniture next to her stunning pool

Plant mum! Posting a series of clips to her Instagram Stories, Rebecca shared footage of her expensive new plants, boutique pots and premium outdoor furniture next to her stunning pool

Not cheap! Next to the plants were two coral pink armchairs from Made By Tait, which cost $6,100 each and are made to order

Not cheap! Next to the plants were two coral pink armchairs from Made By Tait, which cost $6,100 each and are made to order

Rebecca also showed off a variety of boutique planter bowls for her smaller plants, which range in price from $129 to $249.   

Next to the plants were two coral pink armchairs from Made By Tait, which cost $6,100 each and are made to order.   

Lastly, she showed off a wisteria vine next to her pool, explaining that the plant was just starting to bounce back after being trimmed back during renovations. 

Wisteria hysteria! Lastly, she showed off a wisteria vine next to her pool, explaining that was 'so excited' that the plant was finally blossoming after being cut back for renovations

Early days: The vine still had some blossoming to do further up

Wisteria hysteria! Lastly, she showed off a wisteria vine next to her pool, explaining that was ‘so excited’ that the plant was finally blossoming after being cut back for renovations

‘This sounds really silly, but I’m so excited about my wisteria! We didn’t get any flowers last year because they were still very cut back,’ she said. 

‘This is our first little hint of some flowers, of some colour and I’m just so excited for this wisteria to explode and for all the wisteria to hang down over the arches.’

Rebecca’s garden features multiple arches, a swimming pool, a dining area and a tennis court.  

Master bedroom: Rebecca and husband Chris' bedroom features custom joinery in a 'storm grey' tone. Rebecca is pictured with Chris, 36

Master bedroom: Rebecca and husband Chris’ bedroom features custom joinery in a ‘storm grey’ tone. Rebecca is pictured with Chris, 36

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