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Volunteers help create park picnic oasis
Published on 17/10/2012

The efforts of a team of volunteers from Yorkshire mean local residents will be able to pack picnic hampers and enjoy dining alfresco in a botanical sanctuary.

Staff from Leeds City Council's Parks and Countryside Department along with individuals from Friends of Dartmouth have been working together to create a new picnic area, the Morley Observer and Advertiser reports.

The space is being built on the site of an old botanic garden in Dartmouth Park and was recently visited by 40 local Asda staff members, who went to lend a hand.

Friends of Dartmouth founder Beatrice Myers said the additional help was "like a dream come true" and the efforts of the store workers were "amazing".

"Without their help we would never have been able to dig through every nook and cranny of the garden, ready to get planting this autumn," she explained.

The team behind the picnic area are hoping it will be a "mass of colour and scent" when it is in flower next year and they are hoping to enter the space into the Yorkshire in Bloom contest.

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