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Transformation underway on new community garden

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meg Munn MP joined project partners to mark the start of works on the creation of a new community garden in Arbourthorne. Thanks to a partnership between Sanctuary Group and Keepmoat, work has begun on the transformation of a piece of wasteland for the benefit of local residents and Meg was there to see the start of the makeover.

The area, located between the Springs Academy and Spires Community Centre, will benefit from a range of works including the creation of an amphitheatre, profiling the land and digging in paths and swales.

Once complete, the transformed land will be used by the Spires Centre for the benefit of the local community, giving residents the opportunity to plant and nurture the garden.

Sanctuary is currently working with Keepmoat to build 131 new homes in Errington Road in Arbourthorne. The first phase of 56 new homes, with 52 apartments for the over 55s and four bungalows designed for people with mobility difficulties, was completed in July 2014. The current phase will include 75 mixed general needs houses and apartments, due for completion in spring 2015.

Meg said:

“It’s fantastic to see the Sanctuary Group and Keepmoat partnership making such a large investment in the local community. This project will transform what is really at present a piece of wasteland into a valuable community resource which will benefit so many local residents. I can’t wait to come back later this year to see the finished community garden.”

Rob Harbourne, development manager for Sanctuary, said:

“Sanctuary not only provides high quality housing but we are also dedicated to providing further support for local communities. We are pleased that our partnership with Keepmoat is allowing us to transform this area into a new community garden green haven for local residents to enjoy.”

Mark Hanks, contract manager at Keepmoat, said:

“The transformation will not only create a focal point for local residents to come together but also provide them with opportunities to get involved with maintaining the garden. We look forward to seeing the finished result once all the work has been carried out.”

Associated Photograph :

Meg, Rob Harbourne, Mark Hanks, Alistair Beattie and Louise Haigh

Meg, Rob Harbourne, Mark Hanks, Alistair Beattie and Louise Haigh

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