YOUNG people dug in to create a blooming lovely new garden in a neglected green space in a busy Sheffield suburb.
A team from Woodthorpe Youth Club picked up trowels and spades to transform an unkempt green area that had previously been turned into an unofficial football pitch.
The aim is to create a flower garden near the Ulley Road flats which will be a real asset to the area and will be enjoyed by elderly residents.
Jane Wilson, from Sheffield Futures which runs the youth club, said residents had been complaining about poor behaviour from young people which had caused problems in the area.
“The youngsters started by designing posters explaining their garden plans to residents in the area,” she said.
“Next they talked to tenants about the negative effects on the area the absence of a garden had caused. Residents had complained the area had become a mess with the green effectively becoming a noisy ‘football pitch’.”
Funding for the project has come from local companies Acis Housing and Vale Contractors, with the firms pledging to maintain the garden once the work is complete.
The youth club hopes to build bridges with local people while work goes on and organised a special event so everyone could see the progress bring made.
Jane added: “Our young people have decided they are determined to put things right by planting flowers, seeds and some small trees as a means to improve the area for residents.
“In their discussions with local people, they found that some had lost family members and so the youth group has suggested part of the garden is given over to a memorial garden in which families can be remembered,” Jane added.