A WIRRAL community space has thanked the local community for their “kind generosity” following an arson attack.

Volunteers from Earth Moves, a community garden project based in Wallasey that uses horticulture and creative workshops to encourage community cohesion and tackle social issues, were left “heartbroken” after their shed and gazebo were burnt to the ground at around 4am on Thursday, May 2.

Following the attack, Earth Moves had to cancel its upcoming free events, including a mental wellbeing gardening event and a disability inclusive dance session.

READ: Heartbreak after Wallasey community space ‘burnt to the ground’ in attack

A fundraising page was set up by the community space to replace the shed and the contents inside that included tables, chairs, art, cooking and education materials, first aid kits and a solar panel.

Paula Staunton, Earth Moves co-founder, has since thanked the community for their “kind generosity” after residents rallied together to rebuild the space.

Paula said: “Thanks to the kind generosity of people donating to our Go Fund Me, giving us free plants and chairs, we were able to go ahead with free disability inclusive yoga class and family planting day on the weekend.

“We also had so many amazing people turn up to volunteer to clear away the damage caused by the suspected arson attack on our community space.

“This means we now have a level area to rebuild on.

"Thank you so much to everyone who sent us kind messages, it really helps us know that what we are doing in our local community is important.

“Thanks also to those who donated money, items, and their time, we will eventually rebuild our community room when we have enough funding.

“For now we are still going ahead with our free events, so please check out our Eventbrite or Facebook page and come along, learn something new, enjoy nature, and get involved in your community."

Rosthern Nursery donated plants, members of the public donated chairs and Wirral Council employees also volunteered to help clean up the mess.

Earth Moves is still looking for Go Fund Me donations to rebuild the community space that is used as a classroom as well as installing a sunshade.

Tara, an Earth Moves volunteer, said: "It is great to see the community spirit locally get behind Earth Moves, they do lots of great work in the area and I am happy to be part of making a difference by helping them get back to the important work they do."

Merseyside Police’s enquiries remain ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 24000403673.

If you want to volunteer or help please email Paula at info@earthmoves.org or you can donate to the GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-earth-moves-community-shed