A COMMUNITY is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for their local garden.

Residents of Pen y Llan flats in Connah’s Quay are trying to raise £2,000 for an outdoor tap and have celebrated after securing a £250 grant from Welsh Water.

Stacey Clowes said that last year they were struggling to water their plants due to the hot weather and not having a tap available outdoors.

She said: “If you don’t have water you won’t have any plants. Having this outdoor tap will be better for people instead of using their own water. They can use the water outside to learn to grow their own veg, pick it and then eat them - it’s about self preservation.

“If we didn’t have this garden then everyone’s mental health would decline because they go in the garden in the summer and have coffee mornings and meetings. People come from the clock tower as well and all that would stop because they wouldn’t have a place readily available to come and meet.

“Thank you very much to Welsh Water for their kind donation, we just need to find the rest of the funds to complete the job.”

The gardening group has also applied for other grants from the North Wales Police and Community Trust as well as the Airbus and the Leader Community Awards.

Cllr Gill Faulkner said: “I’m so pleased that we have been awarded £250 from Welsh Water. It will enable the tennants at Pen y Llan flats to enjoy their garden and will enable them to continue their good work. It’s a good thing.”

Cllr Paul Shotton, who advised the group to apply for the funding, added: “After the extensive work in the upgrading of the water infrastructure by Welsh Water, I noticed they had a community fund so I suggested Pen y Llan gardens group put an application in.

“I’m pleased to say they were successful. It will do great work for the group and the work that they do is fantastic to see. They grow their own vegetable and flowers and there’s a good community spirit down there.”