A WIRRAL group has launched a new community garden project thanks to support from partners.

The Ballantyne Community Garden project has seen a rundown piece of land converted into a communal garden for residents on the Beechwood & Ballantyne estate in Bidston.

Growing Ballantyne is supported by Onward Homes, a North-West housing association, and its local partners are the Beechwood, Ballantyne & Bidston Big Local, Community Shop and Tesco Bidston Moss Extra.

The group was established to improve green space for residents and its latest project will help local children grow their own vegetables and learn how to cook healthy, delicious meals.

Grow well-being CIC delivered the sessions using their trusted model provides opportunities for children, young people and adults to engage in activities in the natural environment.

Wirral Globe: The community gardenThe community garden (Image: Onward Homes)

Over the summer, the group will be hosting a new series of events to get even more children involved in growing their own produce.

Community partners such as Community Shop have supported the project by delivering interactive cooking sessions with the children and their families as well as providing free drinks and healthy lunches to volunteers.

Other partners such as Tesco have donated supplies along with Onward’s suppliers, Connolly LTD, who have provided bespoke planters for the children to help cultivate their crops.

'Local people can now enjoy a purpose-built community garden'

Joanne Danaher, Director of Housing & Home Ownership, said: "We know how important green spaces are in our communities and this is a great example of the impact that residents and local partners can have when they work together.

"Local people can now enjoy a purpose-built community garden, that provides a place to get together and relax, whilst supporting a whole range of activities for young children. "

Julia Jones, Social Impact Coordinator at Community Shop said: "We understand the importance of community projects and what better way than creating delicious healthy meals together.

"The children really enjoyed it, and we are looking forward to continuing to engage with the local community on this shared project."