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Leisure complex relaxing community garden is opened

An amazing conversion of a grey and forbidding wasteland into a green and welcoming garden was praised by Mayor of Boston Cllr Paul Kenny when he declared it officially open on Thursday (August 15).

Guests at the opening, including, left, Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford, his wife, Zita, Boston Greenscaper Rachel Lauberts, Mayor Cllr Paul Kenny who holds a "grey to green" pictorial record of the transformation, Boston Borough Council parks and gardens portfolio holder Cllr Yvonne Gunter, far left Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex manager Dave Horry. Back, left, Asda community champion Stephen Bromby, Sarah Glendinning, Lincolnshire County Council Public Health Directorate,  and , back right, volunteer gardeners including Peter and Anne-Marie Mills

A massive volunteer effort saw the transformation of derelict land behind the training pool at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex into a relaxing community garden complete with water feature, benches and planting, including fruit bushes and herbs.

A large patio area has been created and existing slabs relaid and tons of pink granite barrowed in to make stable walking and planting areas.

Cllr Kenny praised the hard work of dedicated volunteers from Boston Greenscapers and the support they received from Boston Borough Council staff, local firms Calders and Grandidge, Vere Bros Contractors, Asda and B and Q.

The garden has been financed by the Lincolnshire Health and Well Being Fund and will be used to promote the benefits of edible gardening as well as doubling up as an attractive space for outdoor fitness classes. It is open to centre users and staff.

The garden was a key feature of for this year's bid by Greenscapers for a Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom In Your Neighbourhood award. Judges visited the garden and Custom House Quay, where the Greenscapers have also been hard at work. Last year Boston Greenscapers achieved a level 3 award and hope to improve on that position this year.