Garden plan unveiled

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Plans have been unveiled to create a community garden at Carleton Grange Community Centre in Pontefract.

The centre plans to use a piece of derelict land in its grounds to create a garden the whole community can work in and enjoy.

Helen Dawson, centre manager, said the centre is working with Incredible Edible Wakefield to establish the garden and has offers of support from a number of local companies to help construct and maintain the garden, but wants local people and schools to get involved in the project.

She said: “A Pontefract garden designer, Michael Parker, has drawn up some 3D designs for us, and we want to consult with local people as we want them to get involved in caring for the garden.

“We’re also looking for companies who can offer materials and labour, and individuals to come on board and offer some time to help. The more people we can get offering help and support the better – we want people to feel that this is their garden.”

The centre has already had offers of support from local firms including Barkers Fencing, Sunny Brow Maintenance and SB Paving, and hopes to apply for grants to fund work on the garden.

Helen added: “This will be beneficial to all the community, there will be regular gardening clubs, sessions run by Incredible Edible, and there will be talks down at the centre.

“The more people from the area that get involved, the more like it is to work and take off.”

Helen Dawson and Andy Austerfield of Incredible Edible Wakefield with plans for the community garden.