Uprooting trees for the homeless

Photo Neil Cross'Residents and staff in the new garden project for homeless youngsters at Bay6 service on Dorothy Avenue, Leyland
Photo Neil Cross'Residents and staff in the new garden project for homeless youngsters at Bay6 service on Dorothy Avenue, Leyland

A homeless service in Leyland is celebrating the unveiling of a brand new garden.

Bay6 on Dorothy Avenue provides a home to 11 young people who are at risk of or have become homeless.

Youngsters at the site recently drew up plans to create a new garden to replace the simple grass and patio area.

They were handed a grant of £10,000 from Great Places Housing Group’s Environment Fund, and were able to turn their ideas into reality.

They now have a hand-made pergola, decking and new paving along with lighting, a water feature and BBQ area.

Jenny Ashcroft, children’s services manager at Bay6, said: “We are delighted with the new garden and are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to turn drawings into reality.

“The young people have been involved all the way along, including adding the finishing touches and planting the pots to add some colour.

“The garden will now be used all year round providing a calm and safe space that residents can use.”