GENEROUS VILLAGERS are being encouraged to step forward and help secure the future of the blossoming Chapel Garden in Delph.
The garden first sprung to life in 1962 as a place for peaceful relaxation to be used freely by all on the site of two previous churches.
Over the years, it fell by the wayside as the Delph Community Association (DCA) – which was initially formed to secure the future of the garden – focused on saving the village library.
But for the last two years, efforts have been directed at renovating the garden through tree surgery, mowing, new flowerbeds and the replacement of benches destroyed by vandals.
Now, the DCA is ready to unveil the renovated Chapel Garden at an Opening Ceremony on Saturday, May 21 from 2pm with special guest Mayor of Oldham-elect Derek Heffernan.
As maintenance is ongoing, ‘Friends of the Chapel Garden’ are now being sought to help the good work continue and fund the project.
It is hoped they will also produce a maintenance plan and appoint professional garden services under contract to the DCA alongside the volunteers.
Keith Begley, DCA vice-chair, said: “It has been a slow journey with a late start, but it is hoped that it will be regarded as very worthwhile.
“Through the dedication of volunteers the Chapel Garden has been brought back into a condition that is once more a source of pleasure and community pride.
“It will not remain this way if we continue to rely on volunteers alone. It has become obvious that a steady income is vital to pay for maintenance services.
“The DCA is appealing for people to join a ‘Friends of the Chapel Garden’ group that will be prepared to make small, regular donations to secure the future of this asset.
“If the Garden is not maintained it will quickly deteriorate, become an eyesore and return once more to being a meeting place for vandals and other anti-social misfits.”
The Friends of Delph Chapel Garden appeal will be launched on Saturday, May 21 at 2pm at Gartside Street, Delph when there will be music, dancing, food, stalls and fun.