A YOUTH group’s members who helped transform a forgotten piece of land during lockdown have been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley Award.

The Youth Voice and Participation Team is formed of young people from the Barnsley Youth Council, the Barnsley SEND Youth Forum, the Care4US Council and Remedi.

Throughout the first lockdown, the team transformed the site on West Road, Pogmoor, into a flourishing community garden.

“They have done all the work themselves,” said Adele Saywell, a Barnsley Youth Council co-ordinator. “Everything from prepping the ground to planting trees and wildflowers.

“The whole site has undergone a massive transformation and it’s all down to their dedication and hard work.

“I know at first local residents were a bit hesitant, but it’s been great to see them come around and appreciate the work the young people have done.”

The group is due to move onto the second phase of their project which includes purchasing benches to go around the site.

“They came up with the idea of getting regular and accessible benches to make sure that everyone can use the space.

“It’s a three-year project and the whole space is coming along and looks lovely – it’s so great to see the passion young people have for their local area.”

Adele has nominated the team for a Proud of Barnsley Award.

“This has been a young person led project that has included the whole community and shown how a project can bring a community together,” she added.

“I am immensely proud already of what these young people have achieved on this site, especially during such a difficult year and this is something that they have given to the community that will last for a long time.

“I honestly believe they are worthy candidates for such an award as they inspiration and modesty shines through.”

If you would like to nominate someone for a Proud of Barnsley Award email ch@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk.