NEW life is being breathed into a former Golcar allotment site.
A three-year-project funded by the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund aims to transform the area between Sycamore Avenue and Coombe Road.
Ambitious plans include tree, shrub and hedge planting, new pathways and seating, play facilities for younger people and a community fruit orchard where native species of apples and pears will be grown.
Social forestry officer Julian Faulkner said the project aimed to encourage active lifestyles, improve people's diets and improve leisure facilities as well as getting older and younger people to mix together.
"The idea is to encourage community cohesion," he said. "We want to get people physically active and help them learn about diet, health education and growing and eating their own food."
Work has started to clear the site and it is hoped that a variety of youth, community and school groups will get involved with the scheme.
Public consultation last summer has led to involvement from the Colne Valley area committee, which is taking an active role in the project and is also helping to fund a youth shelter for the site.
Also included is a "trim trail" mini woodland assault course for smaller children, better access points and secure allotment areas for individuals, schools and the community.
Similar "Allotments for Health and Well-being" projects are also under way as part of the project near Royds Hall school, off Luck Lane, Paddock and at Hey Crescent, Meltham.
Others are a scheme to the rear of Wilton Park, Batley, one by the Pakistan and Kashmir Welfare Association in Batley, and another to be decided.