On Friday 28 September, Councillor Graham Morgan, leader of the council along with Councillor Colin Dever and Councillor Christine Bannon officially opened the newly landscaped gardens at the Age UK Mid-Mersey Roby Hub during an open day to mark the end of 12 months of extensive renovations.
Age UK Mid Mersey took over the Roby Hub in 2015, delivering services for older people as well as opening up the space to community groups. Through the support of local businesses, they have transformed the interior and exterior of the building.
One of the biggest projects in the renovation was the transformation of the garden, which was often waterlogged due to poor drainage and unused by visitors to the centre.
Working with Roby Hub, Bellway Homes designed an outdoor area that would serve local residents as well as wildlife, they also donated all the materials required to deliver the project and undertook all of the work.
The new garden features a pond and wetland area, a sensory pathway and host of seasonal planters designed to encourage green-fingered garden enthusiasts to set up their own horticulture clubs.
Councillor Colin Dever said: “This project embodies the true spirit of Knowsley Better Together, bringing people and organisations together for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents. It is always heartening to see local organisations supporting one another to deliver fantastic outcomes for our local community.”
Yvonne Rea, Community Project leader at Age UK Mid Mersey said: “We’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve had from local businesses and local councillors in transforming this space. We’re already seeing the positive impact of the renovations on the diverse range of groups and organisations that use the hub. We’d welcome any further support from the community to help with the upkeep of the garden and the building.”
Jenny Bell, Sales Director at Bellway Homes, commented: “We are always pleased to be part of innovative and inspiring campaigns in the local community. With our new residential development Nutwood just a short distance from the Roby Hub, Bellway Homes was delighted to assist with this particular landscaping project. We are really proud of the results.”