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Wynyard Park waste ground turned in market garden for Allensway Centre

A once-overgrown plot of land on a Teesside business park is being transformed into a market garden for adults with learning difficulties.

The site, at Wynyard Park, has been given rent-free to the Allensway Centre in Thornaby.

Students from Stockton Riverside College helped prepare the land for cultivation and created raised areas accessible by people in wheelchairs.

Future plans for the site include the creation of a sensory herb garden.

Mark Roe from the Allensway Centre, which is run by Stockton Council, said: "For some, the garden will provide a therapeutic area that they can simply visit and enjoy. For others, there will be opportunities to get involved in growing produce, developing new skills and confidence in the process."

Rob Sharp from Stockton Riverside College, added: "When we heard about the garden we thought it was an ideal opportunity for our students to develop a range of work-related skills, whilst also helping others along the way."

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