£25k bid to get resort gardens blossoming

A five-figure cash boost will be used to improve the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens.
A five-figure cash boost will be used to improve the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens.
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A £25,000 investment is set to help Devonshire Road rock gardens blossom.

The money, donated by Greenlands’ ward councillors Christine Wright and Chris Ryan, is set to be used for a specialist gardener to look after the gardens for the year ahead.

New CCTV equipment will help prevent vandalism like that being inspected by Coun Christine Wright.

New CCTV equipment will help prevent vandalism like that being inspected by Coun Christine Wright.

The gardener will carry out maintenance on the grounds, as well as engaging with the local community, and working closely with the Friends group to develop the area even further.

On top of the gardening role, £3,358.48 has also been donated to the councillors to improve the newly revamped pavilion, namely to provide electricity to the building so that it can be used for more events in the future.

An extra £1,531.34 to install and monitor CCTV equipment to prevent vandalism to the restored vista building has also been secured.

Coun Wright said: “The Rock Gardens is a really important part of the local community and I know that residents really appreciate such a clam, relaxing green space right on their doorstep.

“Making sure that it is maintained properly, kept secure and allowed to thrive is really important and I’m delighted that this funding will be able to improve this community asset going forwards.”

Coun Ryan added: “This funding will make sure that the rock gardens, which have been recently restored by the Council, continue to be looked after so that it can be enjoyed by the public for a long time.

“A lot of people have precious memories of the gardens, either from visiting with their families or being one of the many happy couples who were married there in the past. It’s a unique part of the area and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to look after it in this way.”