Memorial garden given life

Kelly  Ackroyd, community champion at Tesco,  Serpentine Green and Marion Sharp, chair of Hampton Parish Council with (at back)  Sam Bannister, community champion at Dobbies with Tesco volunteers planting flower beds on the side of the  Hampton lake EMN-150914-204948009
Kelly Ackroyd, community champion at Tesco, Serpentine Green and Marion Sharp, chair of Hampton Parish Council with (at back) Sam Bannister, community champion at Dobbies with Tesco volunteers planting flower beds on the side of the Hampton lake EMN-150914-204948009
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A memorial garden which lost its lustre over a number of years was given a colourful rebirth thanks to determined community workers.

The garden in Braymere Road, Hampton, was spruced up thanks to the parish council and the nearby Tesco and Dobbies Garden Centre which both agreed to help with the project.

Red rose bushes, lavender and shrubs now adorn the garden next to Serpentine Lake following the work on Monday, September 14.

Marion Sharp, chair of the parish council, thanked Tesco, Dobbies and Jewsons - which provided topsoil - for their help and said the garden was now “150 per cent better.”

The site is used on Remembrance Day and other commemorative occasions,

Kellie Ackroyd, community champion for Tesco in Hampton, said: “It looks brilliant now. It’s such a transformation. All we had a couple of weeks ago was a plain cross in the ground. Now there are shrubs, plants and three garden beds.

“We had really good fun and the rain held off for us. We all mucked in and had a laugh. It was such a good community day.”

The new-look garden will now be a place where people can sit and reflect with further work set to go ahead there in the coming months.

Kellie was joined on the Monday by fellow Tesco managers and Samantha Bannister, her equivalent at Dobbies.

Kellie added: “We like to give back to the community. The parish council do a lot for the community but its funding is limited.”