Run-down area transformed in to community space

FLOWER POWER: From left to right: Jim Russell (Landmark tutor), Cllr Jim McManus, residents Phil Brough and Kelly Ward, Ranger Trevor Haynes.'L to R (front row) Kevin Caudwell (Staveley Hall Garden Centre), Robert Gilpin, Howard Hague, Paul Howlett (Landmark students)
FLOWER POWER: From left to right: Jim Russell (Landmark tutor), Cllr Jim McManus, residents Phil Brough and Kelly Ward, Ranger Trevor Haynes.'L to R (front row) Kevin Caudwell (Staveley Hall Garden Centre), Robert Gilpin, Howard Hague, Paul Howlett (Landmark students)

GREEN-FINGERED residents hop a new community garden will reduce anti-social behaviour.

The garden, at Devonshire Close in Staveley, was once a run-down space and attracted young people who used the area to drink and cause nuisance to residents.

Cllr Jim McManus from Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We had made improvements to the flats on Devonshire Close but realised that the open space wasn’t welcoming or suitable for residents to use.

“Our local Neighbourhood Ranger has worked with various partners to transform this area into somewhere that local residents can meet and socialise and children can play safely.”

Students from Landmark, which is a specialist college for young adults with learning disabilities cleared the site, repaired an old seating area and planted flower beds.

Police, Staveley Town Council and the garden centre at Staveley Hall also helped with the project.

Cllr McManus added: “Residents can now take ownership of the garden and use it to their advantage, either to meet and relax or to grow their own plants. We also hope that as more residents make use of the garden it will deter the anti-social behaviour that’s previously been experienced.”