Cash boost to create a new garden area

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A residents’ group is celebrating after receiving a cash boost to create a community garden.

Sir James Knott Residents Association, based at the Knott Memorial Flats in North Shields, has been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money will transform a derelict pice of land between Rodney Close and the Knotts Flats car park off Tynemouth Road into a community garden.

Planning permission has already been granted and site clearance and ground works are now underway.

A group spokesperson said: “Once these are completed, the residents themselves can begin cultivating the ground and designing the layout.

“It will benefit residents of all ages. The land was originally a council allotment site which had become neglected and fallen into disuse over the years and, until the residents acquired it, had been used for fly tipping.

“It will provide an opportunity for residents to try their hand at gardening and horticulture and it is hoped to have a Kids’ Corner as well where children can learn about gardening and how to grow vegetables.”