Local residents from Allenton and Alvaston have come together to clear up a community garden near Shalfleet Drive, which has become overgrown, vandalised and uncared for over the past few years.

Local residents have asked to adopt this land from their housing provider to teach children how to grow their own fruit and vegetables and to create a safe space for the community to get together.

Despite the torrential weather conditions everyone mucked in and really enjoyed themselves. Tesco’s and Alvaston Fish Bar donated lunch and drinks for the volunteers which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Claire Briggs, Neighbourhood Officer for Alvaston, Allenton and Wilmorton and Danny Giles, Move Mentor from Parks and Healthy Living, supported and inspired the group of volunteers to improve their local community. Local students and Green Fingers Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Services also helped by providing staff and gardening equipment.

The group will be getting together again during the Easter Half Term to start planting the fruit and vegetables, and the Neighbourhoods team will be working with them to put together an application for a funding bid for a community bench and a green house.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Communities, Neighbourhoods and Streetpride said:

“This is a fantastic project and I commend all those involved in getting together to make use of this unloved space.

We should really support this kind of community spirit and I thank Claire and all the Neighbourhoods team for their support in driving this result. Well done.”