Lottery bosses have dug deep to help out an allotment project as part of a £3.3million cash payout.
Waverly Terrace Allotments in Hartlepool will use £400,000 to support around 750 people with learning difficulties or mental health problems.
The funding is also vital to develop the facility as a social enterprise to help aid its sustainability.Councillor Kevin Cranney
A new volunteer coordinator will be taken on and new facilities are also part of the package.
The work will see people become involved in horticulture and other activities to boost their health and wellbeing, with their job prospects to receive a boost.
The Hartlepool Borough Council-run project was set up in 2007 and won a Gardening Against the Odds award from the Conservation Foundation earlier this year.
It is one of 48 projects across the region which will benefit from the latest Big Lottery Fund grants.
Councillor Kevin Cranney, chairman of the council’s regeneration services committee, and a councillor for the area, said: “The council put forward a very strong bid for funding to the Big Lottery and I’m delighted that to hear that the bid has succeeded.
“The funding will enable us to develop a range of new facilities on the site including new office accommodation, new toilets and improvements to the car park.
“The funding is also vital to develop the facility as a social enterprise to help aid its sustainability.”
Councillor Carl Richardson, chairman of the council’s adult services committee, said: “The £400,000 of lottery funding will help enormously to expand and improve the facility over the next five years and this will be supported with around £75,000 of funding from Hartlepool Council.”