Park Lane Community Garden started when local residents got together to plan a garden and play trail on land owned by the council which was left gathering weeds and dog fouling after the previous housing demolition. Shetland Islands Council agreed to the community taking over the space, gave the volunteer’s a lease and from this the garden was borne. The Park Lane Community Garden Group are extremely grateful to Shetland Islands Council for letting this happen. The volunteer’s then applied to Tesco’s who awarded £8000 grant (money from the 5p plastic bag tax which goes back into the local community) which has made it possible for them to buy plants, stones and materials. Park Lane was so called because it used to have 4 parks. Lots of gardens and nice old stone buildings were removed to make way for some new housing but mostly huge areas for car parking. The volunteer’s were passionate in trying to bring some of this green space back into the centre of town. It’s important that people have shared spaces where they can come together and gardens create home for wildlife. The volunteer’s used raised beds with stones constructed vertically, as stones soak in the heat, and allows for better drainage and it was also thought that raised beds would be good for elderly volunteers, as they are much easier to work with. The volunteers made sure that all the plants in the Park Lane community garden have all been tried and tested very nearby. There are colourful bursts of heathers, rhododdenrons, conifers, alpines, climbers, fruit bushes and flowering perennials from various sources including COPE and Ingrid Plant Centre. The Park Lane Community Garden will need ongoing support and offers of help continue to come forward. In the spring a kids play trail will be created which in turn will allow children to play while community volunteer’s and visitors work in the garden. Park Lane Community Garden is also on Facebook, ‘Park Lane Community Garden’ and this is used to update the community on up and coming events.