A former council yard is being transformed into a green haven for local residents in Coventry as part of a national initiative.
Mary Ennis, secretary of Hawkesbury Village Green Group, has been planning with other residents for more than four years how to enhance a large grass space behind houses on Lenton's Lane.
Work began on the site yesterday after the community received £50,000 towards the project from the Countryside Agency's Doorstep Greens Initiative.
The scheme includes the creation of a village green for local events, a pond and access to the stream for pond-dipping activities, paths and sitting areas, the planting of thousands of native trees, shrubs and spring bulbs and the creation of a small orchard.
The project also includes a range of artwork features which are being designed by local people working with local artists.
Members of the community have already been working hard on clearing rubbish, cleaning up the stream, planting trees and shrubs and designing mosaics and fences.
Mrs Ennis said: "We believe the green will be a way of bringing local people together to create a special place where they can learn more about the environment they live in.
"We want to encourage young people in our community to take part."