Volunteers needed for Serpentine clear-up

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Volunteers are being sought to help with a clear-up at Buxton’s former Serpentine Nursery this Sunday.

Transition Buxton have been granted a licence from High Peak Borough Council to begin clearing debris and undergrowth from the site so that the buildings can be safely surveyed.

The plan is to bring the old Serpentine nursery back into community use as a teaching facility open to the general public and college students for classes in horticulture and gardening skills, with the produce sold to local restaurants and the University of Derby.

“We’re inviting anyone who’s at all interested to lend a hand on Sunday June 29 from 10am until 4pm,” said Janine Morris of Transition Buxton.

“This place has so much potential as a teaching and growing facility. But there’s an awful lot of clearing up to do first. We’re going to make a day of it and people can drop in to help for as long as they like.”

A small area of the site has been outlined for clearance of saplings and undergrowth. The cleared area will allow a professional glazier access to the greenhouse to assess what repairs might be needed.

“The project has been widely supported by council leaders, the university and Buxton and Leek College, the town team, Buxton Civic Association, and the general public in particular. 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 using a plastic pot recycling scheme, but if any readers are in need of plant pots please let us know,” said Steve Taylor, of Transition Buxton.

Volunteers can just turn up on the day, with sturdy shoes and gloves (essential) and tools (optional).