A group of green-fingered volunteers are rolling up their sleeves to add a splash of colour to one of Leeds’s most historic landmarks.
Members of Kirkstall Community Garden have been approached by Kirkstall Abbey to transform the 12th century Cistercian abbey and its grounds.
The group is hoping to create a series of striking flower and edible beds in the ruins the Abbey as part of its mission to get the community growing.
Chairman of Kirkstall Community Garden Paul Long said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with Kirkstall Abbey to create edible growing beds the whole community can enjoy.
“Kirkstall Abbey is just massive and they contacted us telling us they had been looking to create edible beds and wildflower beds.”
Paul said that the group is hoping to encourage schools and community groups to maintain the beds once they have been created.
He said the group has been inundated with support for the projects across Kirkstall.
He added: “We have received lots of positive feedback and we have received support from local councillors and our local MP, Rachel Reeves.
“There are so many benefits because the scheme aims to get people growing their own edible beds.
“It also builds their confidence and gives them the opportunity to learn about and look after the environment.”
The group is looking for volunteers to help create inspiring gardens across Kirkstall.
They recently rolled up their sleeves to transform land at the Merry Monk pub into an edible garden.
Kirkstall Community Garden has also just secured a large plot of unused land in the Church Lane Allotments.
They hope the breathe new life into the land and transform it into a community garden and create an orchard, wildflower garden and introduce chickens with the help of Church Lane Allotment Association.
The group is currently in talks with Burley Mills Allotment Association and Leeds City Council with the aim to run a similar project on the site just off Kirkstall Road.
For more information about the group, visit: www.kirkstallgarden.btck.co.uk or email: email@example.com