Volunteers transform car park into wildlife garden

NILABE110701c1, Old car park turned into a community garden, Earlham Close, Kirk Hallam.

NILABE110701c1, Old car park turned into a community garden, Earlham Close, Kirk Hallam.

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AN OLD car park has been transformed from wasteland into a wildlife garden by a local residents group.

The Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows were given £6,000 from housing association Riverside to carry out the work on Earlham Close, Kirk Hallam.

After consultation with local people, Riverside’s environmental team were involved in converting the area into a garden with planters, bird boxes, seating areas and trees to be enjoyed by residents.

Alison Cotterill-Drew, chair of Friends of Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows, said: “The area wasn’t used for anything and only had young people loitering in the space. We’re so pleased to have an area we can all use, where young and old can mix to enjoy the new garden.”

Mary Wilson, from Riverside, added: “We’ve been working closely with local residents to consult with them for what they would like to have in the area and we’re really pleased with the outcome.”