PLANS to modernise and add wheelchair access to one of the sunken gardens on Loch Promenade in Douglas are taking place.
The Garey Glass project has a recycle, reuse theme and is taking shape with the start of the works by Douglas Council.
The plans have already been improved for disabled access with the installation of a ramp at the northern end in 2010, which, for the first time, will allow wheelchair users to traverse the whole length of the garden.
Wheelchair users will also see the benefit of a new smooth pathway which is being created with paving manufactured from recycled bottles by Corlett’s of St John’s.
The design of the space draws heavily on its green credentials with decorations in the garden being made out of a mosaic, also created from recycled glass, and the product of eco-art classes led by community arts specialist Debra Tracey of The Creative Space Studio.
The sunken garden will be completed with the installation of low-voltage feature lighting installed by the council’s electrical services section.
The Garey Glass ‘Green Garden’ project is one of a number of Marks & Spencer ‘greener living spaces’ being created by national charity Groundwork, an organisation working with partners to raise environmental awareness.
Groundwork’s charity projects help local people get practically involved in making decisions and managing improvements in their neighbourhood and they encourage people to make healthier and greener lifestyle choices.
These range from working with children and young people to creating sports facilities and ‘outdoor classrooms’, as well as providing training and jobs for the long-term unemployed as they regenerate major areas of derelict or waste ground.
The sunken garden project is being funded by Douglas Council and Douglas Development partnership.
Marks & Spencer is co-funding the scheme through profits from its 5p per carrier bag initiative, which was launched in May 2008 and aims to cut carrier bag use by a third by 2012.
M&S aims to send no waste to landfill from its operations by 2012.
l For information visit www.groundwork.org.uk