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Grant sows the seeds to reopen community garden

A grant secured by a Middlesbrough ward Councillor will see a community garden blossom once again.

The once-popular green space on Dawlish Green had become overgrown after funding to maintain it was cut.

Now Ladgate ward member Councillor Craig Wright has secured £2,000 in grant funding from Middlesbrough Council and the Ballinger Charitable Trust to resurrect the garden for local residents to enjoy again.

The makeover will include an inter-generational project with older residents sharing their gardening expertise with younger residents.

Local primary school children will be able to help replant it and care for it and the revived garden will be owned and cared for by the local community. 

Councillor Craig Wright said: "When I was first elected, residents told me they wanted to see this garden re-opened and I promised to bring it back for them to enjoy.

"The garden has become overgrown and is in a poor state after many years of neglect, so I'm delighted to have been able to deliver on that promise.

"The Covid-19 pandemic and the rigours of lockdown have reminded us all why green spaces are so important to us for our health and well-being.

"Local residents need and deserve access to high quality green space, and now - thanks to the Ballinger Charitable Trust and Middlesbrough Council - I have secured £2,000 to bring this garden back to life.

"I really can't wait to see the garden brought back to life so it can be enjoyed by residents once more."

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