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Issue:- Thursday, 08 September 2016

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Local partnership restores Woodchurch Memorial Garden

A memorial garden in Woodchurch has been restored to its former glory – thanks to a local partnership. Youth charity HYPE (Helping Young People Everywhere), the Wirral West Constituency Committee and other local groups have worked to bring the Memorial Garden on Hoole Road back into use after it fell into disrepair.

The garden was established to provide a place of reflection for people who have lost loved ones on the estate. Local school children will now work with Merseyside Police Community Support Officers to keep the garden tidy.

The project has seen the site cleared of weeds and overgrowth with new benches and planters, whilst retaining the original features of the garden, including memorial plaques supplied by local funeral director Sue Porter.

HYPE Project Manager Matt Houghton said:- "We are really pleased to have been able to restore the garden. We hope that a couple of days of hard work from the young people involved will result in a lasting positive impact for residents and those who want to remember loved ones in the area. We believe that by engaging more young people in positive activities such as this, they will become empowered to increase their self esteem and confidence and raise their aspirations for themselves, their families and communities. Thank you to everyone who helped us with the project, including the Hoole Road community hub which opened up its facilities for us whilst we were working on site. Many local residents have already said how pleased they are to see the garden looking so fantastic."

Cllr Jeff Green, Chairman of the Wirral West Constituency Committee, said:- "The Committee has consistently supported local initiatives across the constituency, by providing funding for projects or helping groups to access the support they need from the Council and others. The memorial garden project is a great example of the type of community initiative we have encouraged and supported."

Cllr Matthew Patrick, the Council's Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Communications said:- "Our 2020 council plan champions neighbourhoods and community organisations coming together to improve local areas. I am delighted that the memorial garden at Hoole Road has been restored for the benefit of local people. Thanks to all those involved."

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