UK: Double-decker bus to be transformed into greenhouse in Newcastle

A double-decker bus is being renovated and turned into a giant community greenhouse to provide fresh food for local residents and a food bank.

The bus was donated by Stagecoach to the social enterprise Building Futures East eight years ago. It remained outside its offices in Walker, Newcastle, until the group - which already had a community garden - thought to turn it into a greenhouse.

Any excess produce will go to a food bank covering Walker and Byker.
Project leaders are currently fundraising for the work and received a £1,000 donation from Stagecoach.

Project co-ordinator Dawn Emmerson said people from the local community would be able to help grow produce and then take it home with them. The top deck of the bus has already been stripped of seats, and Ms. Emmerson said seven local artists had also been to look at the bus to find a way of making its outside "fit in with the surroundings."


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