Community spirit grows

sp91254'Pevensey Green residents garden gets a visit from the Mayor.

sp91254'Pevensey Green residents garden gets a visit from the Mayor.

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WHEN neighbours united to transform a disused piece of land they didn’t expect to revive the community spirit too.

Seven years ago Pevensey Green in Newbold was plagued by anti-social behaviour caused by congregating youths making noise and trouble.

But nearby residents decided to take action and the green is now blooming as a place to meet, walk the dog and enjoy the beauty of trees and shrubs they have planted.

Friends’ chairman Kath Shelton said: “The transformation of the community means it is now a happy community, everybody knows everybody else.

“You can’t go down there now without somebody saying hello.

“It just shows what you can do.”

Pevensey Green, worked on by 29 volunteers, has even been recognised with honours in the Britain in Bloom awards.

Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Peter Barr visited to admire the work and meet the people behind it earlier this year.