If the Government is looking for a model of the Big Society, they may find it at the end of a Spalding street.
A dumping ground for everything from three-piece suites to car spares in Royce Road has been transformed into a scene from an English country garden through the efforts of lorry driver Mick Clarkson.
Pop’s Patch is, in fact, two patches on both sides of Royce Road complete with welcome sign, archway, bench and flowers.
Mick said: “It made me angry that people were turning up to dump things at night and it go to the stage where I used to look out of my bedroom window to see if anything had been left outside overnight.
“At about Tulipmania time, I started sweeping the street to get rid of the waste so that would see that it wasn’t a dumping area.
“Then me and my wife Julie started cutting the grass and putting up hanging baskets before we bought the archway,
“It took us five days to get Pop’s Patch done and we like to think of it as an extension of our garden.”
Along with the effort, Mick and Julie have invested about £500 into turning the former flytipping zone into an area people in Royce Road can be proud of.
Mick said: “Since we created Pop’s Patch, a lot of people have stopped to chat with us and it’s making Royce Road a community.”