AN ESTATE'S communal garden has been transformed from 'the Amazon' into Arcadia, thanks to hard-working members of the community.
Four years ago, the communal garden of the Allom and Barlow Estate in Clarendon Road was a mess.
Residents' Association chair Jose Fernandez, 39, explained: "When I first became chairman, the garden wasn't being taken care of. Every crime you can imagine was being committed there. It was like the Amazon."
But after a lot of effort, it has been transformed into a space that everyone can enjoy.
The playground has been done up and an organisation called Groundwork has put in vegetable beds for the use of green-fingered residents – who are now growing tomatoes.
Last Tuesday, the new mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Cllr Timothy Coleridge joined 77 delighted residents to celebrate the estate's success in the summer sun.
"It was fantastic," said Mr Fernandez. "I'm very proud of all the hard work we've done and the mayor stayed longer than planned because he was enjoying himself so much."
The success of the project has spurred the residents' association to plan more schemes to improve the TMO-run estate.
The group wants to install a new playground to ensure young children can play safely and also plan to tackle antisocial behaviour.