A SOD cutting ceremony has marked the start of work to build an eco project in Heckmondwike.
The Able 2 Kirklees scheme will offer training in fish farming, horticulture, landscaping, land and water management, joinery, construction and beekeeping, to disadvantaged groups in Kirklees.
As well as providing an educational resource, Able 2 will offer leisure facilities for the Spen Valley including a fishing lake, a floating cafe, footpaths, picnic areas, a bio-diversity area and a BMX track for both disabled and able-bodied cyclists.
The project is a partnership between Kirklees Council and the Green Business Network and will be in Walkley Lane.
Ten new jobs have already been created on the Heckmondwike site and many more will follow once the scheme is completed.
Leader of the council Coun Mehboob Khan said: “This is a very exciting scheme and I look forward to it coming to fruition and putting Heckmondwike and Kirklees well and truly at the forefront of cutting edge environmental projects which help the local economy and the community.”
The scheme will be as eco-friendly as possible with rainwater collection and renewable energy systems.
The project is funded by £1.25m from Kirklees Council’s Capital Programme and £60,000 has been given to the design and construction of the fishing lake by the Environment Agency.
The former Spen Valley area committee allocated £50,000 towards the cost of the floating cafe.
Simon Firth, from the Environment Agency, Simon Firth added: “We are delighted to support this worthwhile project, which will create a safe and well-stocked venue, ideal for teaching.
“It’s great that people are being given the opportunity to learn more about their environment.”