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Work has started on a new community garden in Birchills that aims to bring the generations together.

The intergenerational garden on the site of the Afro Caribbean Community Association and Emmanuel School, Wolverhampton Road, will see school pupils and older members of the community join forces to grow their own vegetables and flowers.

Leading Midland’s landlord whg secured a grant of £13,000 for the work from the Wates Family Enterprise Trust.

Contractors Pinnacle will now spend three weeks creating the garden, which will feature accessible raised beds and a grassed area that will be used as a green classroom.

Tracey O’Loughlin, whg’s Community Project Officer, said: “This project aims to bridge the gap between the generations, enabling youngsters to pick up new skills and find out where their food comes from, while also giving older people who may feel isolated a place to socialise and remain active.”

Wates Living Space Construction Manager Martin Jones added: “Wates are delighted to be able to support the Afro Caribbean Centre and are looking forward to seeing the completion of the garden.”

The project has been delivered by whg’s Health Team as part of the Active Aging programme, which helps customers stay active for longer.