Surrey Choices customers have transformed the space around a public library from an overgrown mess into an attractive area.
Surrey Choices Growth Team, which is part of the Horticulture scheme, recently landscaped a damaged space around Godalming Library.
The Youth Support Service at the library recently moved to the top floor of the building following an extensive four month refurbishment. During this refurbishment scaffolding had been erected and windows replaced. As a result the surrounding gardens and shrubs had become damaged, leaving the space looked unkept.
Surrey Choices was approached to carry out the landscaping by Amanda Boyton, area facilities officer for Guildford and Waverley. A team from Surrey Choices started work and transformed the space in just five days. They sourced all of the equipment free of charge and did the work at no cost.
An official open day was held on Friday 23rd October where the new garden was unveiled and was attended by Sally Marks, Chairman of the County Council and Peter Martin, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Prosperity.
Mark Patchett, team manager at Surrey youth support service said: “The library is in a prominent position in the town and is well used by the local community, so it was important that improvements were made to the surrounding areas.
“The Surrey Choices team have done an absolutely fantastic job and have completely transformed the space. The area now looks attractive and well cared for, and will be appreciated by members of the community and library users.
“I would also like to extend my thanks to the sponsors who generously provided the plants and materials for free.”
Mark Evenden, growth team leader at Surrey Choices said: “The growth team are very proud of the work they have done at Godalming Library to transform the outside space. The open day was a great opportunity for the team to showcase all of their hard work. We are looking to link up with other libraries in the area and to continue building our relationships within the local community.”