Families enjoy early spring fun to mark opening of Densham Community Garden
Published by Mark Foster for Golden Gates Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Environment, Local Government
Mayor of Warrington Cllr Peter Carey opens up the Densham Community Garden with children from the local area, YVOW (Young Voices of Warrington Youth Panel) and GGHT Youth Panel.
Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) and partners welcomed residents to a Family Fun Day this week to mark the Official Opening of the Densham Community Garden in Longford, Warrington.
Over the past two years Densham Park has been given a huge transformation, turning what was an unloved and tired old park into a new vibrant and attractive community garden. On Wednesday 10 April the official opening was attended by over 250 local residents, many of whom had played a key role in planning the work. They were able to enjoy a vast array of activities and fun for all the family including arts & crafts, face painting, refreshments and bouncy castles as well as receiving information on local services.
Work to transform the park started back in February 2012 with the installation of flood water storage tanks under the park as part of flood defence works that needed to be carried out by Warrington Borough Council and the Environment Agency. The next phase of the work involved replacing the old boundary wall, which was falling down in certain areas and had become a health and safety risk. The residents were consulted and they chose a solid brick wall with ridged coping stones. The work was carried out by Apollo and funded by GGHT.
After the work was completed, GGHT and Groundwork Cheshire consulted the local community on what they wanted in their new garden. The result was a community garden with wild flowers and a seating area. Residents also suggested that a mosaic was added to the garden and an artist was commissioned to work with the Children’s Society to involve children and families on the estate to create a design.
GGHT Chair, Roy Smith said: “It is fantastic to see the opening of the Community Garden today and to see the continued improvements that GGHT and our partners have been able to make as part of our Longford Quality of Life project. As a keen gardener myself it is really great to see a wonderful green space for the local community garden to use. I wish many happy memories to come.”