Sowing the seeds for healthier lives

Councillors Graham Cain and John Jones with representatives from Groundwork and local residents at Ibbison Court, where a public space is to be given a makeover.

Councillors Graham Cain and John Jones with representatives from Groundwork and local residents at Ibbison Court, where a public space is to be given a makeover.

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A new community garden is set to be transformed for the benefit of a group of Blackpool residents.

The communal area around Ibbison Court is set to become a space where people can grow their own fruit and vegetables.

The work to the area, which was previously used as little more than a pathway, is being funded by Blackpool council’s Public Health Team.

Groundwork, a charity that helps renovate green spaces, has helped to design the new space, which will include fruit trees, raised plant beds and trellises for climbing plants.

Groundwork’s Grow Blackpool Team will then begin working with local volunteers to provide regular drop in sessions for the wider community to learn gardening skills.

Mike Crowther, director of communities at Groundwork said: “The new garden will not only improve the appearance of the local environment, it will bring people together and provide opportunities for the community to become healthier and more active.”

Coun Eddie Collett, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Green spaces have long term positive effects on your mental health and wellbeing, especially when a community works together to produce something that everyone can appreciate.”

Coun John Jones, who helped get the project started, added: “What we’re doing here is developing a fabulous green space which will be a big lift to the whole community.”

For details and to get involved, call the Grow Blackpool Team on (01253) 345445.