THE Examiner has today turned the spotlight on a new green phenomena – community gardens.

They are springing up all over the place – but they don’t just happen overnight.

There’s a great deal of hard work going into transforming patches of wasteland to land that is environmentally-friendly, often educational and sometimes gives a whole new experience to disabled people.

Those involved range from volunteers and neighbours to infant schools and big businesses.

They are showing great determination and a new resurgence of community spirit.

Everyone benefits and these gardens are a welcome sight and an inspiration to others.

School projects throughout Huddersfield show how children across all age ranges are getting the chance to learn outside the classroom.These will be experiences they may remember for a lifetime, experiences that could shape their future hobbies and possibly even capture their imaginations for future careers.

Gardens are also helping disabled people too with a patch of wasteland outside New Hall Prison being turned into one designed for wheelchair users while a sensory garden is being created at Dial Wood Stables in Flockton.

The sheer diversity of gardens has been highlighted here from places of quiet reflection, peace and calm to orchards and allotment-style spaces designed to keep people fit and healthy growing fruit and vegetables.

Let’s hope more and more redundant spaces are transformed into these vital and productive green spaces – the more the better.

In these days with food prices shooting up and the need to reduce waste, community gardens are striking examples of the way forward for us all.