VOLUNTEERS creating a garden at a home for the elderly were given a helping hand from businesses and authorities in Chorley.

The 16 to 25-year-olds in Chorley Prince’s Trust group were creating a sensory garden at Fosterfields Day Centre, Eaves Lane, as one of their projects on their 12-week programme.

They received paint, plants, equipment and soil from B&Q, Wickes, ASC Chorley and Birkacre Garden Centre, then they contacted Chorley Council for wood chippings. A lorry load of wood chippings was delivered to the centre and the council’s Streetscene staff barrowed them round and spread them on the beds of the newly created garden.

Adam Glover, of Groundwork which runs the Prince’s Trust scheme, said: “The members have to come up with their own community project, decide what they need to do and what they can achieve. They then have to plan it, organise everything, rally help and equipment and raise funds and do the work.

“They’ve sanded down and painted all the fencing, benches and tables, cleared all the paths of moss, cleared all the stones out of the flower beds, planted the plants and put up bird boxes and feeders.”

Councillor Terry Brown said all trees and branches cut by the council were processed as chippings for use in the borough, adding: “They have done a cracking job on the garden.”