Youngsters in Lupset hope their new allotment scheme will blossom to benefit the community.
Children as young as six have been working hard on the allotment at Jubilee Hall on Townley Road, and have big plans for the produce.
The project, which was set up by YMCA White Rose, will eventually supply vegetable boxes to the elderly and local organisations. The gardeners also hope to make soups and other tasty treats to sell in the local area.
Caron Beck, operations manager for YMCA White Rose, said: “The kids have done a brilliant job and have a real flair for gardening. They are very excited about the allotment’s potential and can learn so much from it in terms of teamwork, how to run a small business and all about the origins of food.
“It’s also a cross-generational project because the project manager is Dave Elborough who is retired and has taught them everything they know. It’s great to have people like him on board.”
The allotment was originally based at Thornes Park but recently relocated.
Ms Beck added: “They are growing all kinds of things like courgettes, potatoes, onions and spinach, but we’d love to get some polytunnels to grow more. I wasn’t a keen gardener before I got involved with this, but now I’m hooked too.”
The youngsters work at the allotment on a rota basis but can spend as much or as little time there as they like. They also have the opportunity to complete a horticultural qualification.
Wood for the raised beds was donated by e-decks. Visit www.ymcawhiterose.org.uk for more information.