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Bath bus stop wins makeover in gardening initiative

Edible Bus Stop garden box
Image caption The scheme is designed to help transform neglected and disused sites along transport networks

A bus stop in Bath has been chosen for a horticultural makeover as part of a national gardening initiative.

The bus stop at Kipling Avenue in Bear Flat was nominated by local residents to benefit from the Edible Bus Stop (EBS) community garden project.

The scheme is designed to "help transform neglected and disused sites along transport networks into valuable community growing spaces".

It will be the first Edible Bus Stop outside of London.

Co-founder and chairperson of the EBS, Makaela Gilchrist said: "We hope that this is the first of many in this region."

Cleeve Nursery near Bristol is providing all the plants and flowers for the garden.

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis announced the winner of the bus stop at the National Gardening Show at the Royal Bath and West showground in Shepton Mallet.

The garden will be displayed at the show before being relocated to the bus stop after the event.

It will be maintained by members of the local community.

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