Things could have been very different for 15-year-old Luke Robinson and 12-year-old Gareth Smith.They are one of 12 young people taking part in Nipped in the Bud, an initiative run by community group Status and based at Demesne.
The weekly club gives hard to reach youngsters the chance to grow their own food and plants.
And the duo, who both attend St Anne's Academy, admit they were no angels before starting the course back in January.
Luke said: “People used to think we were chavs. They just thought we were hoodies but coming here we have got to know people and we have grown to respect them and they have grown to respect us back.”
As well as growing plants, the group also decorate pots and give some of its produce to older people who use Demesne.
Sue Smith from status, who runs the group said: “We work with hard to reach young people and a lot of places don't trust them and won't have them in their centre.
“But Demesne gives us a place to operate from and the young people we work with have really grown to enjoy coming here and get on well with the staff and centre users.”
Gareth added without the group, he and his mates would be back on the streets with their hoods up.
He said: “Coming here keeps us off street corners and from getting into trouble.”