Former Old School House transformed into memorial garden

NEW LOOK: The erected cross at the memorial garden, in Charter Lane
NEW LOOK: The erected cross at the memorial garden, in Charter Lane
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Villagers have united and transformed a former school building into a memorial garden.

Parish administrator Margaret Stewart and parish council clerk Carolyn Cross, led a team of volunteers, who worked tirelessly to create a First World War memorial garden at the derelict Old School House, in Charter Lane, Charnock Richard.

Volunteers ploughed through, brambles, weeds and tree trunks before creating a masterpiece.

Mrs Stewart said: “We had spoken about the old school for a long time and Carolyn asked if we would be doing anything for the first World War.

“It was brought up at a meeting and we decided to invite volunteers to help transform the garden, we needed everybody to bring their own equipment and at the first meet we had 18 people attend.”

The volunteers have now planted bedding plants, made gravel paths and have also erected a cross.

The garden was opened at the Old School last Sunday.

Residents laid wreaths and small crosses in memory of the victims from First World War.

Seating areas have also been created so the community can always be involved in the area.

After transforming the garden, Mrs Stewart has turned her attention to the Old School next to the garden.

Currently it is a central figure in Charnock Richard and is used for meetings.

She added: “The Old School is a valuable community asset.

“It’s used for all different kinds of things and people want to see it preserved.

“But it would be expensive, I think we need in excess of one million pounds, we have applications in for grants and it’s an important building, people are determined to help us out as they’ve seen the garden.”