New garden brings community together

PHOTO : DAVID HURST'2 year old Daisy Chadwick helps out on the new community garden on School Lane, Moss Side with volunteers George Jukes, Val Watson and Kevin Chadwick
PHOTO : DAVID HURST'2 year old Daisy Chadwick helps out on the new community garden on School Lane, Moss Side with volunteers George Jukes, Val Watson and Kevin Chadwick
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Work on creating a new sensory garden in Moss Side is finally underway.

Plans to build a community garden featuring flowers, plants and benches on land near School Lane was set to start in March, but delays from suppliers meant residents were left hanging on for two months.

Gardener and WI member Val Watson said: “We got the grant in place a while ago, and we were just waiting for the groundwork to be done, such as creating the flower beds, putting the benches in place, and delivering the flowers.

“The residents couldn’t really make a start before all that was done, but I’ve had my wish-list of plants delivered now so we’re keen to get going.”

Community members have come together to design the beauty spot, which they hope will spruce up the area, and say they are keen to complete the groundwork before the summer.

Val added: “It did get a bit frustrating because there were plenty of neighbours who wanted to help out, and spring is the best time to do this sort of work.

“We never lost our optimism or enthusiasm though.”

The plans were established by the Moss Side Community Forum and South Ribble Borough Council, and Coun Caroline Moon, who has recently transferred from representing Moss Side to Seven Stars, was also involved in the project.

She said: “There was a delay because we were waiting for the suppliers to deliver the new benches, and they’re due to arrive any day now.

“Work was supposed to start in March, and the fact that we’re now in May means that the council will have to fit the job in when they can.

“But everyone’s on board and things are progressing.”

She added: “It’s great that Val wants the pleasure of planting the flowers herself, and we’re hoping that the rest of the community will get involved soon as well.”

The garden will also include vegetables, which residents can take for themselves to use.