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Could you beautify that untidy scrap of land?

Is there a piece of public land you think could be used in a different way?

Is there a verge that could be a wildflower meadow, a border that could grow apples for the neighbourhood or a place to plant flowers that would brighten up your street and give bees a pit stop perhaps?

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) is offering support to communities who are interested in taking on the ownership and management of publicly-owned land or buildings via the established mechanism of Community Asset Transfer.

David Fannin, LCVS chief executive, said: "The rewards for local communities could be great.

"It's an opportunity to enhance the local environment and the health and wellbeing benefits for those who get involved could be huge."

LCVS is running free training courses to help people learn more about what's involved, what's possible and how to go about it.

The next training course is at The Cotton Chapel, St Botolph's Church, Boston, 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Thursday, February 23.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Find out more and book via or email: or call 01205 510888 ext 1

Cllr Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council's grounds and open spaces portfolio holder, said: "Marvellous work is already undertaken by volunteers through our area as part of our Boston in Bloom activities. This includes improving and maintaining areas of public land. The urban meadow alongside John Adams Way near the Haven Bridge is a good example of improvements made by volunteers to an area of land that was otherwise wasteland. This is another good initiative for residents to get involved, especially if there is a scrappy piece of land in their own neighbourhood that they can officially improve for their own benefit."