THE LATEST clean-up at the former Frank James Hospital took place on Saturday.
A team of about 15 volunteers worked to tidy up the grounds of the site, which became neglected after plans to develop it for housing stalled.
It was the latest in a series of similar guerrilla gardening clean-ups, which have had the backing of Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner.
Tanja Rebel, part of the group behind the clean-ups, said: "Local residents came with tea and biscuits and even homemade pasties and flapjacks to keep the gardeners going.
"While enjoying a welcome break or two, many ideas were coined as to what the grounds could be used for, if they were in communal use.
"One thing everyone agreed upon; it is a great waste to let these gardens and wonderful building stand and rot, when they would be a focal centre for the community. Let's make that dream come true."
Fellow volunteer Robin Harrison, of Hostel Road, said the group had recently met with solicitors representing some of the owners of the flats and there had been discussions about hopes development work would re-start.
"I moved here in 2007 and have watched the overgrowth start to take over. It is such a shame.
"It needs to be sorted out."