CONCERNED allotment owners have worked together to resurrect a plot that was left derelict.

And they have now revealed the fruits of their labours.

Since taking over the plot from Workington Town Council in 2018, the Newlands Lane Allotments Association has planted a wildflower garden with heritage trees as well as a state of the art eco-toilet – there are only five of its kind in the country.

The heritage trees, some of which are over 100-years-old, are complete with a description and history.

The association’s secretary, Mike Barnes said: “You hope that it will spark something. Everything we put in here, it’s heritage, we’re trying to inspire the kids.”

He envisions children being able to pick fruit from trees in the gardens. The makeover was helped by £5,000 from the Ulverston Trust and £9,012 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The eco-toilet evaporates liquid and everything else biodegrades. It took three full days of work to install the eco-toilet and was opened by Mayor of Workington Janet King along with Amelia Nicholson, the National Lottery officer who helped secure funds.

Bill Logan, chairman of the allotment association said: “It’s still a work in progress.”

He is looking to start lessons in crafts such as bow making. More developments are in the works including a community hub. Deputy Mayor Janet King said: “I’d say to anyone who wants an allotment, it’s a great past time.”