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A community group has successfully turned a patch of wasteland in Carlisle into a thriving, award-winning garden, it has been reported.

According to NewsandStar.co.uk, the land on the corner of Buchanan Road and Mount Pleasant Road, Currock, was only used for fly-tipping when it was taken over by housing association Riverside as part of a handover of common land.

Riverside then awarded a contract to the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) to develop the land, with the charity deciding to offer residents in the local area the chance to use the plot as a community allotment.

According to the news website, the land is now used to grow more than 20 different types of fruit and vegetables, while a special poly tunnel on the site allows produce which would not normally flourish in the Cumbrian climate to be grown.

Commenting on the transformation, BTCV project officer Graham Sullivan said: "We set about transforming it from a place of waste scrubland into an allotment with beds, sheds, and shelters, and started growing things there in about March."

Such hard work was recently recognised with a Cumbria in Bloom award for the project.

Posted by Martin Corby
    - 17 September 2010
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