Greenhouse may help regenerate abandoned garden

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Residents in Swindon have outlined plans to turn an abandoned garden into a thriving public space once more.

The former rose garden in the park off Groundwell Road was mothballed over ten years ago after the soil became infected with a virus and was later fenced off and locked due to persistent vandalism and anti-social behaviour, the Swindon Advertiser reported.

Now the local Queens Park Community Council is devising plans to reopen the park to the public by turning it into an area where people can learn more about growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Speaking to the newspaper, council member Paul Dixon confirmed a range of options were being considered ahead of an open public meeting next Tuesday (November 2nd).

"We are looking to set up small plots and grow fruit and vegetables and plants, maybe put up a greenhouse too and we would like to see the schools involved," he said.

However, Swindon Council's parks and green spaces manager Martin Hambidge insisted the park would not be turned entirely into allotments as he claimed that only a limited number of people would benefit from such a plan.

Posted by David Webb
    - 26 October 2010
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