From Ian Robertson: Take Vancouver laneway housing … add a sprinkle of these refurbished Victorian alleys … get something fantastic!

From the Daily MailCommunity transforms Victorian passageway behind homes into oasis of greenery

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LAne 1

Rundown: alleys such as this one in Middlesbrough, Teesside, are still scruffy.

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Lane 2

Beautiful: The once-dingy lane in Middlesbrough, Teesside, is now a haven of hanging baskets, trellises and trees bearing apples and pears, thanks to a pensioner. Mavis Arnold, 75, has helped turn the lane behind her home into a colourful wonderland.