A COMMUNAL garden has been created in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour in an area where youngsters used to gather to drink.
Residents in Staveley have welcomed the garden on Devonshire Close, which was once a run-down space that attracted youngsters causing a nuisance.
The garden was created by Chesterfield Council as part of a project which has also seen the nearby council flats improved.
Councillor Jim McManus, of the council, said: “We had made improvements to the flats on Devonshire Close, but realised that the open space wasn’t welcoming or suitable for local residents to use.
“Our local neighbourhood ranger has worked with various partners to transform this area into somewhere that local residents can meet and socialise and children can play safely.
“Residents can now take ownership of the garden and use it to their advantage, either to meet and relax or to grow their own plants.
“We also hope that as more residents make use of the garden it will deter the anti-social behaviour that’s previously been experienced.”
Students from Landmark, a specialist college for young adults with learning disabilities, cleared the site, repaired an old seating area and planted flower beds.