Derelict land transformed into a community garden

Emma Shearer, aged nine, Riverside’s Neil Townsend, Tristan Hambley, aged 13, and front, Rachel Shearer, aged eight, and Lauren Shearer, aged 10

Emma Shearer, aged nine, Riverside’s Neil Townsend, Tristan Hambley, aged 13, and front, Rachel Shearer, aged eight, and Lauren Shearer, aged 10

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A NEW community garden has been created in Runcorn.

A dilapidated piece of derelict land beside Palacefields Community Centre has been transformed into a space where residents can grow plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Riverside, the town’s largest social landlord funded the project.

More volunteers are now needed to develop the garden.

Neil Townsend, Riverside divisional director, said: “We already have a keen team of local gardeners working on the raised beds and planting in the greenhouse, but we are looking for more people to get involved.

“It’s a great opportunity for older people to work alongside younger residents and take pride in their community together.”

The project forms part of Riverside’s Livetime work, encouraging older people to get involved in the community and combat isolation.

 

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