Three year dream for community garden comes to fruition
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Residents celebrate their new community garden
A three-year dream for a community garden in the heart of a Salford neighbourhood has finally come to fruition, thanks to Salix Homes.
Residents turned out in force for the grand opening of the St Charles Community Garden in the grounds of St Charles Church on Moorside Road in Swinton.
Three years ago the St Charles Community Group were looking at ways to improve their neighbourhood and bring residents together and came up with the idea for a community garden.
Father Paul Smith kindly donated the land at his church for the garden and a grant from housing provider Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 homes across Salford, helped get the project off the ground.
The community group was awarded a £5,000 grant from Salix Homes through its ‘Your Salix, Your Say’ grant scheme, which provides funding to projects and initiatives that will improve communities.
Now the residents have finally seen the fruits of their labour come to life with the official opening of the community garden, which was performed by Father Paul Smith.
The grounds of the church have been completely transformed and the new garden includes a poly-tunnel for educational workshops, a sensory garden, raised planting beds and a quiet area for people to sit and enjoy some peace and tranquility.
Resident Iona Molloy, who has spearheaded the project, said: “The whole community has come together to see this project through and it’s wonderful that the garden has finally opened. We had a fantastic turnout at the launch event and it was very emotional to see all our hard work finally come to fruition.
“I’d like to thank Salix Homes for the funding which has helped us to achieve our dream. It’s been a long time coming, but we are thrilled with our new community garden and we know it will be very well-used by everyone.”
The garden is already being used by nearby schools and residents group and Groundwork Trust has teamed up with Salix Homes to run growing courses for locals.
Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “We were delighted to help fund such a fantastic community project through our ‘Your Salix, Your Say' grant. Our successful grant scheme, where recipients are chosen by the public themselves, exists to help fund projects that can make a real difference to an area and the lives of residents and this garden project is testament to that.
“Residents have worked so hard to bring this project to life and it is wonderful to see the community coming together in this way to support one another and improve local facilities.
“We are delighted that after three years of hard work the garden has finally opened. It is an excellent resource that’s accessible to everyone and we are sure it will prove very popular with the whole community.”