WASTELAND has been transformed into a secret oasis.
Pallion Action Group bought the land, at Falmouth Road, from Gentoo and turned it into a garden space for all within a year.
“It’s just giving the community a little bit of nature,” said community development worker Karen Wood.
“It’s a free way for people to get involved with the environment and share skills with different generations.”
Pallion Action Group worked with environmental development organisation Ceed, which obtained funding for the £31,000 project through Natural England and the National Lottery.
Ceed project officer Nathan Hopkins said that: “Green space has a direct effect on social behaviour in an area, but we’re not just building a footpath into a garden, we’re getting the community involved.
“We had people old and young developing their skills and getting educated about nature whilst they worked on creating a community space.”
Reece Fullard, 18, from Town End Farm, who got involved through youth volunteer organisation V, said: “It’s good to do volunteering and getting to meet people.”
Brian Watson, of V in Sunderland, said: “We want to get young people involved in their own communities, to give them some experience.
“The result is absolutely brilliant, a lot of people have worked really hard on it.”