Green fingered team digs deep

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Green fingered volunteers have transformed a patch of bare grass on the Field Lane estate into a beautiful and functional new community space.

Calderdale Council’s community task force environmental volunteers have been working alongside staff from Pennine Housing 2000 to create the community garden in Rastrick.

The volunteers have done a great job on the new community area in Rastrick and have picked up some valuable skills along the way. - Councillor Peter Caffrey,

The previously bare patch of land has been transformed with picnic benches, planting beds, fencing, willow shelters and a new stone entrance at the site.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Councillor Peter Caffrey, said: “The volunteers have done a great job on the new community area in Rastrick and have picked up some valuable skills along the way.

“The local residents now have an area they can be proud of and will be a great community asset, especially in spring and summer where the planters will come to life and the picnic benches can be used.”

The community task force environmental volunteers are a group of young people from the Calderdale area who were not previously in employment or education.

For 12 weeks they have been working as volunteers on environmental projects like the Field Lane site throughout Calderdale, gaining a range of skills in countryside management, construction and horticulture, and receiving valuable experience of the world of work.

The project came about after residents were concerned that the area was becoming a nuisance as it was unsightly and being used for ball games. A working group was set up with members including the council, the police, Pennine Housing and many more, with Pennine Housing securing funding.