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Elswick Community Garden Official Opening

Councillors Maureen Nixon, Claire Cooper and Ron Cooper were pleased to welcome the Mayor Noel Delaney and Mayoress Ann Stubbert to officially open Elswick Community Garden recently. The garden, the brainchild of Cllr Nixon, has grown from 5 fruit trees and fruit bushes to a landscaped area with raised beds at varied heights to be used by the whole community in Tanhouse.

After fundraising for the materials for the raised beds, topsoil and gravel, the Prince’s Trust team, based at West Lancashire College offered to make the plans developed by the Groundwork Trust into the almost finished garden. Prince’s Trust tutors Ben Duffy and Gregg Sprawson-Mason and team members Kevin Dunseath, James Walton, Nicole Shearer, Stacy Collins, Caitlin Davison and Ryan Hobson-Sayers worked tirelessly to get the job done. The team also did their own fund-raising for the project and sourced the wood for the raised beds, as well as the topsoil.

Councillor Claire Cooper stated, ‘Without the help and hard work of the Prince’s Trust team, the Elswick Community Garden Project would still be just fruit trees. Now we have an area that all the residents can use and enjoy. We’ve had so many positive comments from the community and we’re looking forward to growing our own vegetables and fruit to share with them using the Incredible Edible model.’

Councillor Maureen Nixon commented that the next stage of the project was to install a garden bench in memory of Yvonne Harrison who had nurtured the fruit trees. The Councillors would also like to thank Tanhouse Action Group for the small raised beds, West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council who provided community funds towards the garden. Anyone who wants to get involved can contact Maureen, Claire or Ron.

The next Prince’s Trust course starts in January and is open to 16 to 25 year olds who want to gain skills and experience on a nationally recognised qualification. Anyone interested can telephone 07500606740 or 01695 52300 ext 1344 or email ben.duffy@westlancs.ac.uk.

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