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Grubby Hands take over Dingle rat resort

Horrible place transformed into something lovely

Published on July 18th 2013.

Grubby Hands take over Dingle rat resort

THINK of what they could do with all those empty fields on Kenny and Smithdown Road. 

An all-inclusive rat resort and fly tip on Park Road has been transformed into a grow-your-own-style community allotment and garden.

The site, in the shadow of the Coleman's Fire Depository, was a blot on the landscape, but now it is flourishing, with fruit, flowers and vegetables. 

A colourful mural has been painted by Dingle-based artist Alan Murray while children from Holy Family and Pleasant Street primary schools are enjoying weekly visits to the site to tend to the plants and flowers.


The garden, called Grubby Hands, was officially launched during a special ceremony attended by representatives from the local community, schoolkids and housing association Plus Dane and Liverpool City Council.

It funded the clearance of the land, while Plus Dane built raised beds and put in benches and picnic tables working with residents and schools to encourage them to get involved.

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for Communities on Liverpool City Council, said: “To see a site that had been deep in rubbish be transformed into such a beautiful, sunny space is fantastic.  

Christine Dohren, a teacher at Holy Family Primary School, echoed Councillor’s Munby’s comments, saying: “The children really love coming here and it is also very educational as they can experience the growing cycle for themselves. 

“They are also enjoying the fruits of their labour, eating some of the produce they have grown.” 

Grubby Hands 1Cllr Steve Munby; Julie Tomlinson, Youth Engagement Manager Plus Dane; Chris Carline, Ward Support Office Liverpool City Council. Front row left to right residents Nick Rogan and Hannah Whitby

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 18th 2013.

Councillor Munby looks hot with that watering can

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Park DriveJuly 18th 2013.

By 'hot' you mean what exactly?

Sussex GardensJuly 18th 2013.


Senior serviceJuly 18th 2013.


WoodbineJuly 18th 2013.

He waters like a footballer, He dribbles before he shoots!

Players Navy CutJuly 18th 2013.

It's the way he's gripping it with both hands...

AnonymousJuly 18th 2013.

Coleman's fireproof depository the very same was set alight in the Toxteth riots. The spuds are coming on a treat and the telephone kiosk seems to be sprouting nicely. The councillor looks distinctly uncomfortable. Still good idea, creative and worthwhile exercise.

Embassy RegalJuly 18th 2013.

Your spuds might be OK but the Councillor looks like he needs to strain his.

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AnonymousJuly 18th 2013.

Don't you mean drain?

AnonymousJuly 19th 2013.

Thank you for the chuckles, because of such witty innuendo. Glad to see something worthwhile has been done with land previously neglected for so long. Just going to drain at the shops in West Kirby!

The Dingle DanglerJuly 22nd 2013.

You're quite welcome

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AnonymousJuly 23rd 2013.

never let your dingle dangle in the dirt, always keep your dingle wrapped up in your shirt.

RothmansJuly 23rd 2013.

Perhaps he has a fireproof suppository?

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AnonymousJuly 24th 2013.

No wonder he looks drained.

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