Landscape Group helps turn wasteland into beacon of community pride

The Landscape Group has helped locals turn a litter-strewn wasteland plagued by vandals into a community garden.

East Staffordshire Local Policing Team approached young people aged 10 and 15 on their views on transforming the grotty space in Barton-under-Needwood. The kids wanted a community garden.

A plan for the garden was drawn up by Thomas Goodwin and local businesses such as the Landscape Group were approached for support. 

Youngsters worked alongside volunteer groups and local businesses such as Trent and Dove Housing. Since the garden was complete just before Christmas no anti-social behaviour reports have been filed for an area that’s now held up as a beacon of community pride.

Landscape Group contract supervisor Adam Lewis said: "Getting the youth of the community to pull together with others to complete this project has been a great achievement for Barton as it gives them a sense of pride and respect for the neighbourhood.

"The community garden has not only improved the area for residents, it has also brought local businesses, organisations and the community together.  We do a lot of work within the area for Trent and Dove Housing and East Staffordshire Borough Council."

Companies and groups that supported this project were honoured with an East Staffordshire Police Community Award. They included Barton Fields Garden Centre, Kens Countryside Landscapes Yoxall and Grange Wood Fencing Supplies.

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