Ilford allotment spruced up by teenage music fans

Youthful volunteers got stuck in to spruce up a previously unloved piece of scrubland.

More than 50 youngsters got together on Friday to clear the overgrown land at Vicarage Lane North Allotments, Ilford as part of an event organised by residents and Orange Rockcorps.

In return for their back-breaking efforts, each participant has been offered a free concert ticket by mobile phone operators Orange, who back the scheme.

Roger Backhouse, from Vicarage Lane Playpark, said: “The volunteers were very useful and did and excellent job, it was quite an achievement.

“We would definitely use the Orange Rockcorps volunteers again - and I recommend them to others.”

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To the backing of loud rock music, the group planted trees including Scots Pine and Birch, cleared the Canon Palmer School allotment on the site and picked up rubbish that had accumulated over some 20 years.

Mr Backhousealso hopes that part of the land involved will be transformed into a play area built by the Vicarage Lane Playpark organisation to which he belongs.

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