Merseyside Police has donated £30,000 taken from the hands of criminals to create a 'greener' and safer community in Speke.
The cash was taken from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and now the money will be used to create the new community garden.
'Grow Speke' will transform derelict land once occupied by Speke Boys Club on Little Heath Road, and is set to transform the area that has experienced issues with anti-social behaviour including fly-tipping, arson and drug-taking.
The donation is part of the force's Community Cash Back Fund and has helped Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside get their plans off the ground.
The land was taken in the control of social housing provider South Liverpool Homes on a long-term lease and anti-social behaviour has reduced.
Work enabled by the donation is well underway to transform the site into a communal garden developed and run by the community where local people can grow plants and food.
The funding has helped unlock more resources to make the community garden a reality, with Jaguar Land Rover and Blackburne House giving further donations.
A team of volunteers have been clearing the site and building raised beds.
Grow Speke recently hosted the first in a series of planned activities for the local community, with pumpkin carving and an organised bonfire event attended by around 200 residents giving neighbours and families an opportunity to get together and have fun.
When complete, it will offer horticultural therapy to people with long-term health conditions, provide training to help those out of work and an educational programme for local schools incorporating art and wildlife. It will also provide a space where people can meet, socialise and even cook.
The funding forms part of £225,000 of seized criminal cash given to community groups across Merseyside by the police.
Community Inspector Andy Wignall said:
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