Rose Garden Set To Bloom
A scheme to turn an overgrown and unloved patch of land into a community garden has been given the green light.
The area known as 'The Rose Garden' on the corner of London Road and Great Western Road has been designed to make it an attractive area for residents who have been working with the city council to help give the garden a facelift.
Local contractor GSG Landscape Gardeners has now been appointed to create the garden and work is set to begin in early summer.
The garden will be maintained by service users from local charity, Emerging Futures, which works with people who are in rehabilitation from alcohol or drugs and who are turning their lives around to become active members of the community.
There will also be volunteering opportunities for local people.
The project will be funded by the city council after councillors decided to ring fence some money for community gardens in the city.
James McDermott from Emerging Futures CIC, said: "As engaged members of the Gloucester community, we look forward to working closely with the residents of the area, to ensure that the Rose Garden will be an area of pride and a space for positive community engagement".
Councillor Richard Cook, Leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “I’m delighted that this worthwhile project is getting underway. As a result of the pandemic we are all more aware than ever of the importance of open space for both mental and physical health.”