Digging in for the good life in Dewsbury Moor

GROUND-BREAKER: Residents, representatives from M&S and KNH with Coun Shabir Pandor on the derelict land that is to be turned into an allotment/orchard on Moorcroft Road. (16031108)
GROUND-BREAKER: Residents, representatives from M&S and KNH with Coun Shabir Pandor on the derelict land that is to be turned into an allotment/orchard on Moorcroft Road. (16031108)
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A MAJOR community scheme is about to bear fruit in Dewsbury Moor.

Derelict land is to be transformed into a community allotment, wildlife area and orchard - mainly thanks to a £25,000 grant from Marks and Spencer.

The Wroe Street and Schoolcroft tenants’ and residents’ associations approached Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) about the site in 2009. Now, work is to begin. And on Wednesday, residents, Coun Shabir Pandor and representatives from KNH, Groundwork and M&S took part in a groundbreaking ceremony.

The project has had £5,000 from KNH and is also being supported by Groundwork Wakefield, which specialises in environmental schemes. Through its ‘grow-your-own’ programme, KNH helps communities reclaim derelict sites and convert them into usable spaces.

Children from Westmoor Junior School and Dewsbury Moor children’s centre will also be involved, studying plant germination and running a plot of their own.

Carol Smith from KNH said: “This is a great way to unite the community and encourage people, especially children, to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.”

Kathleen Andrews, of Schoolcroft TRA, said: “Everyone’s really excited about the allotment and looking forward to seeing what we can grow.”

Coun Pandor said the project had ‘massive scope’.

Some of the land will be sectioned off for individual plots and, already, 22 people have expressed interest.