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A community group is transforming a riverside space into a sensory garden for local people to use for relaxation, leisure and learning.

Allerton Bywater in Bloom is in the first phase of the project in the Staithes area of the village, which has seen the area tidied, bird boxes installed and wildflowers planted.

Local people have also contributed ideas for the final design in a later phase of improvements, drawn up by environmental charity Groundwork, which will have informal seating, historical information about the site’s former uses and large wildflower areas.

As well as allowing people to enjoy the riverside views, it is hoped the space will be used by local schools and other groups to carry out lessons and activities.

Jake Beckworth, of Allerton Bywater in Bloom, said: “We are working on sites throughout the village to make improvements that benefit everyone.

“It’s an example of how we are working with other organisations like Groundwork and Leeds City Council to make lasting changes.”

John Cummins, of Groundwork, added: “The group is doing extremely well in the In Bloom competition.”