A GRAND opening was held to celebrate the launch of a new community garden in Urmston.

The Stephen Street development has involved the renovation of a triangle of land that was previously overgrown and derelict.

The project was sparked by councillor Joanne Harding, who lives on the street and suggested the area could be transformed.

“I chatted with neighbours and we thought having a green space would be a great way to get the community together,” said Cllr Harding.

“Young and old alike are enjoying the space and it really is in full bloom now.

“The children really enjoyed the home grown strawberries. We hope to go from strength to strength next year.”

Work, which began in February, has provided areas for people to grow fruit and vegetables, as well as a shed and a water butt.

Residents have been consulted about the trees and plants that are to be grown, and many are already helping with the upkeep of the garden.

Dawson Noone, Housing Officer at Trafford Housing Trust added: “This garden is a great addition to Urmston, and hopefully will be a lynchpin of the local area for a long time to come.”

Funding was provided by Trafford Housing Trust’s environmental funding team, with plans drawn up by contractors DJ Hughes and completed by BTP Architects.