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Bid to bring Buxton’s Serpentine nursery back into community use

Transition Buxton members meet Cllr Anthony McKeown to discuss their renovation of the former municipal greenhouses at Serpentine House, Buxton

Transition Buxton members meet Cllr Anthony McKeown to discuss their renovation of the former municipal greenhouses at Serpentine House, Buxton

Ambitious plans to bring Buxton’s old Serpentine nursery back into community use are gathering pace.

Transition Buxton is spearheading a project to transform the derelict Burlington Road depot and glasshouses - reputedly used to grow food during the Second World War - into a teaching facility for residents and students.

The aim is to provide classes in horticulture and gardening skills, with produce sold on to supply the University of Derby Buxton’s catering school and local restaurants.

Work begins next week to clear debris and undergrowth from the site to allow the buildings to be safely surveyed, and volunteers are being invited to go along and lend a hand on Sunday June 29, between 10am and 4pm.

A small area has been outlined for the clearance of saplings and undergrowth, enabling a professional glazier to access the greenhouse and assess their condition.

Steve Taylor, from Transition Buxton, said: “The project has been widely supported by council leaders, the university and Buxton & Leek College, the Town Team, Buxton Civic Association and the general public.

“It will be very exciting to begin the practical work of getting the place in order. Much of the rubbish is old plant pots and seedling trays, and we’re hoping that these can be recycled, but if any readers are in need of plant pots please let us know.”

Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and gloves, and provide tools if possible.

For further details, call 07769 627 133.

 

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