A group of children and young people have helped restore an allotment area back to its original beauty.

Following an appeal for help by local group Newground Together; centred at The Hub in Shadsworth, they have now benefitted from a restoration project conducted by the children and young people from our CANW Community Reparation team in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service. During the Covid restrictions their Greensleeves Allotment area was left in a state of disrepair.

Children and young people were given the opportunity of paying back to the community by way of carrying out Reparation work.

A full assessment was carried out and after identifying issues with the structures of a shed, we replaced the felt on one of the shed’s roof to ensure it was water tight, and underpinned the roof to strengthen the structure. We then followed this up by erecting another shed that needed extensive repairs to its structure through wood rot, and refitted new felting for the roof to create a space for the service users to store their tools that are now used on site.

The wood fence panels around the allotment borders were replaced for the benefit of both the project, and the local community. The allotment was cleared of all weeds, resulting in Greensleeves being restored to its original state, with local people now using the space on a regular basis both for educational and wellbeing purposes.

Reparation Worker at CANW, Trevor Hannon, said:

“Giving these children and young people new skills and educating them about the consequences of their behaviour is extremely rewarding.

It is very much a group effort between us and Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service and the hosts from Newground.’’

The opportunities for personal development are endless with this new beloved area and its ability to bring people together using the power of nature to inspire, heal and make people happy.

The site has: raised beds, fruit trees, running water and potting sheds. This is the perfect opportunity to get back to nature. Whether that be using the space to improve wellbeing by planting and growing fruit and vegetables, or to meet new people and learn new skills.