Community spirit

OVER the last five years at Springwood behind the fire station, we residents have got together for tenants’ meetings, shared activities and really got to know each other.

About a dozen of us who are able are bringing the once overgrown gardens under control again. We’ve reclaimed the Millennium Garden on Prospect Street – most of that has been done by one couple and it is a credit to them.

Another man has made a vast difference to three of our front gardens. I and another tenant have also been busy taming wild areas behind and in front of our homes.

It’s hard work and nearly all of us are over 60. Last year we had our first street party and everyone, young and old enjoyed it. So this year we decided to hold it behind the flats with the biggest space.

Tenants, along with council gardeners and Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, have really transformed it. Two trees have been removed and a lot of old shrubbery has been taken out and new turf has been laid.

Over the two weeks before and after Spring Bank, we worked really hard and got it fertilised and re-planted. It looked a picture. Even people helped who didn’t live here.

So it’s more than disappointing when some sad little criminal comes along and steals one of our lovely lemon conifers.

I hope the police find them and the courts punish them, but I don’t suppose there’s much chance of either happening.

Hazel Spencer