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A fitness and gardening programme that will green your fingers and tone your physique is launching in Luton.

The voluntary events throughout February and March will help participants to get fit at the same time as learning new skills and tidying up local parks.

Greensand Trust, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and Luton Borough Council are running the programme of physical tasks and events.

Councillor Mohammed Ashraf who is in charge of parks and public health said: “If you are looking to improve your physical fitness and sense of wellbeing this could be an ideal opportunity.

“Anyone in the local community can get involved and it could be the spur you are looking for to change a daily routine, get some fresh air or relieve a little stress.”

The programme is being funded courtesy of a public health grant and dates for the events are:

* Friday February 7 at Wardown Park: learn how to lift, split and plant up herbaceous borders.

* Thursday February 13 at People’s Park: help look after the park’s county wildlife site by removing elder and litter, tidying up path edges and helping with general housekeeping.

* Tuesday February 18 at Kingsway Recreation Ground and Thursday February 20 at Foxdell Recreation Ground: help plant trees.

* Thursday March 6 at Kingsway Recreation Ground: help plant shrubs.

* Thursdays March 6, 13 and 20 at Kidney Wood: learn about woodland management and try your hand at various tasks.

* Saturday March 8 at Foxdell Recreation Ground and Saturday March 22 at Kingsway Recreation Ground: plant wild flowers.

All events are free, open to all and led by rangers from the Greensand Trust or the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity.

To get involved call Jayne Maddox on 01582 546735, email or find out more at