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Pensioner, Volunteers and Local Businesses Help to Restore Park

After being told by his local council that it could not afford to maintain a neglected public park, pensioner Grant Morrison decided to take matters into his own hands. Backed by local businesses and volunteers, Grant spearheaded a full refurbishment project of Beverly Gardens in Meadowhead and, after two years of work, the park is now officially open to the public.

Beverly Gardens had suffered years of neglect and had become a no-go area, overgrown, dangerous and full of rubbish. Over 80 bags of refuse were collected and removed from the site; recyclable items were used by Grant to create a number of bird boxes, making the area more attractive to wildlife. In recognition of his work, Grant was awarded £100 by Darwen Borough Council to spend on further improving the park.

Grant decided that seating would be a good way to attract people to the park and set about acquiring parts. An old, rusty steel seat was sourced by the parks department; this was cleaned before being painted with protective silver paint donated by Right Way Cash & Carry. Local welder Steve Cannon offered his services for free, expertly joining the restored seat to the legs which were created from steel donated by Mercer & Sons.

Grant is modest about his achievement, stating simply, “I’m glad that I found something to do that gave something back to the community... the area had a lack of green spaces for residents so I hope that it will become a little oasis to enjoy." Konrad Tapp, Ward Councillor for Meadowhead, effusively praised the 71-year-old, saying, “Grant deserves a medal for his work in the community.”

Mercer & Sons Architectural Ironmongery are proud to have been a part of this fantastic renovation project and wish Grant and the residents of Meadowhead well in their plans to maintain and develop the park in the future.

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