Residents can relax in the heart of the city
The newly-refurbished roof garden at Morley Court was officially opened at a special community event that should be the first of many in the newly-revitalised communal space. The garden offers a safe, quiet and relaxing area for residents and their children to enjoy. With outside space being limited in the city centre, and the properties around being flats, the shared communal garden is a focal point for the community and the perfect place for community events.
Steph Russell, housing officer, said: “We consulted residents and designed a roof garden based on what they wanted the garden to be. It’s a garden for the residents to ‘sit, play, grow and gather’. It was funded by the Money Tree Fund and, with continued involvement from the residents, I hope it will continue to grow and evolve for years to come.”
In recent years the garden had started to look tired and the residents agreed that it was due a refurbishment. The new garden now has seating areas, table tennis table, a soft play area with bouncy balls and play ‘road’, wigwams and a playhouse which all proved popular with the children. When spring comes around, there are also lots of places for the community to grow plants, including a pergola, raised beds, a green house and planters.
Our ‘Money Tree Fund’ is designed to help improve areas in Plymouth – to help places look better, feel safer and to bring people together. This is exactly what this project has done. Doreen Edwards, who sits on the Money Tree Fund panel, said: “The fund is good because it helps the community. Here, it gives freedom for the kids to play safely and it acts as a sun trap. All the people are so friendly, so it must be a happy place to live.”