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Volunteers dig deep to makeover memorial garden

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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to makeover Margaret’s Garden. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to makeover Margaret’s Garden.

Staff at a social housing provider rolled up their sleeves to help overhaul a community memorial garden.

Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 homes across Central Salford, joined forces with contractors Forrest, Salford City Council’s health improvement team and residents on the Beechfarm Estate in Swinton to makeover Margaret’s Garden.

The army of volunteers spent an afternoon digging, weeding and turning over the soil at the community garden as part of a WIN (Working in Neighbourhoods) day organised by Salix Homes.

The feat aimed to prepare the garden for a community-growing project which will see various organisations including Beechfarm Residents Association, Garden Needs and Moorside Sure Start Children’s Centre assigned their own growing area within the garden.

Margaret’s Garden opened in 2008 in memory of Margaret Gallagher, former secretary of the Beechfarm Residents Association, but it has become overgrown and in desperate need of an overhaul.

Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “We were thrilled to host this WIN day to help prepare the garden for this fantastic new community growing project.

“There was a lot of work to be done, but between us all we have done it and this is an excellent example of how working in partnership can help benefit the local community and improve our neighbourhoods. The garden will soon be in full bloom and will really compliment the wider investment Salix Homes is making in the Beechfarm Estate as part of our Decent Homes project.”

Locals can now look forward to a raft community activities at Margaret’s Garden over the Easter period, which will include planting sessions, art workshops and a fun day on Wednesday, April 16.

Carol Lawley, chair of Beechfarm Resident’s Association, added: “It’s been lovely to see so many people lend a hand and work together and everyone should be very proud of all they have achieved.

“This is the start of the garden transformation and we cannot wait to see the fruits of our labour once the community growing project gets underway. We’re hoping this initiative will encourage residents to take pride in their neighbourhood and make a positive difference to the environment we live in.”

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