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Pupils from St George's School along with Parkinson builders, have created a community garden.
Pupils from St George's School along with Parkinson builders, have created a community garden.
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GREEN-fingered volunteers have transformed open space into a vibrant community garden.

Pupils from St George’s School have worked alongside members of the Langdale project for people with learning difficulties to create the landscaped area at Cherry Tree Gardens in Marton.

The latest part of the scheme saw the youngsters build a new path through the garden using materials provided by Blackpool building contractors F. Parkinson and Builders Supplies (West Coast) of Fleetwood.

Blackpool Council’s community volunteers leader Neil Froggett has developed the Cherry Tree Gardens project from small beginnings seven years ago.

Coun Kath Rowson, cabinet member for adult social care at Blackpool Council, said: “Neil’s team has done excellent environmental work in Blackpool for many years. I’m really proud of the work they have done in and for the community in that time.

“At Cherry Tree Gardens we’ve had pupils on placement working with disabled adults, pupils making meals and refreshments for the path makers and community members also coming out to have a look – this really is an excellent example of everyone working together.”

Parkinson’s managing director Ray Eyre said: “As a company we always like to help the local community and this is a worthwhile project that everyone was involved in and everyone will benefit from.”

Blackpool Coastal Housing has also contributed to the project through its Tenants’ Project Fund and horticultural advice has been provided through Grow Blackpool.

Work on the garden started two years ago and since then growing boxes, seedlings, plants and even a hibernaculum which provides winter shelter for insects, have been introduced.

It will be used by the community, including council tenants, and by the school as an outdoor teaching resource.