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
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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