Volunteers have spent the past two years working on a community garden in Lincoln, where plants and friendships can grow.
The Hillside Community Garden is a two and a half acres space between Lincoln County Hospital and the Tower Estate.
It features a community lawn area, allotments, raised beds, large vegetable plots, heritage orchard fruit plants, a therapeutic garden and adventure trail.
Lincoln-based charity Green Synergy has been behind the work with help from Lindum, with the aim of improving people’s lives.
It works with staff and those from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as vulnerable people to teach them new skills.
Mary Hollis, the group’s leader, said: “This beautiful place has grown out of the brambles and litter to become a garden for everyone to enjoy.
“Gardening and access to green space are so important for people’s health and wellbeing. It’s wonderful to have this site, where we can bring a slice of the countryside right into the heart of the city.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive heart-felt thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen. The garden belongs to everyone who has been involved with it and is a resource of the whole of Lincoln.”
The project has been supported by local residents, community groups, hospital staff, local businesses and a crowdfunding campaign.
Mary added: “It has been fantastic have Lindum’s ongoing support and expertise. They are such a great local company that really cares about the community it works in and demonstrates by example how businesses can have a positive impact through working in partnership with small charities such as us to achieve corporate social responsibility.
“I would also like to say thank you to Jan Sobieraj and United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust for leasing the land to us. We are looking forward to working in partnership with the hospital going forwards.
Over the next twelve months they will be adding a wheelchair accessible kitchen garden and children’s garden to the site.