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Residents unite to create garden

Land which had become a playground for yobs has been transformed into a communal garden area

Land which had become a playground for yobs has been transformed into a communal garden area.

Residents in Brickhill Drive, Fordbridge, had complained about anti-social behaviour from groups of youths.

Their meeting place was a grassy area in the middle of the street and the authorities put their heads together to try and find a solution.

PCSO Karen Ballard, from the Kingshurst and Fordbridge neighbourhood team, said: “Quite a number of residents around here are elderly and were concerned about the anti-social behaviour.

“We decided to turn the land into a garden to try and stop the problems and I applied for funding from Solihull Council and Solihull Community Housing.”

The application was successful and detailed plans were drawn up to show what the leafy new area would look like.

Last Friday, residents, schoolchildren, police and council officials joined together to transform the land.

Around 70 people turned out on the day, helping to dig up the turf, plant trees and lay a pathway. By nightfall the garden was finished.

“This project shows what can be achieved when the community rally together over issues that concern them,” explained Karen.

 

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