Spare land is now bursting with produce

Heathfield Avenue Community Garden, Elland.
Heathfield Avenue Community Garden, Elland.

Neighbours have proudly showed off a community garden which is bursting with veg, fruit and flowers.

An open day was held to celebrate the successful Jubilee Garden created by the Elland Lane Bungalows Tenants Association.

A derelict area of land at Heathfield Avenue has been given a new lease of life through the hard work of the community which has been supported by businesses and Pennine Housing.

Supporters joined the community at the open day.

Tenants’ spokeswoman Sue Montey said local firms had given timber and soil to get the project underway earlier this year.

“The crop is fantastic,” she said.

Pennine Housing agreed to loan the land to the association along with a £500 grant and Pennine also provided the services of a gardening co-ordinator. A small grant was also given by Calderdale Council.

“A derelict area of land has been turned into something worth looking at,” said Mrs Montey.

“The tenants’ are proud of what we have achieved. It’s not work, it’s a hobby. We have regular get-togethers digging and planting and it works fantastically well.”