A GARDEN gate with a difference has been installed at a green oasis in the centre of Northwich.

Grozone Community Garden now has stunning new gates at its entrance, in Whalley Road.

Volunteers at the garden worked with Chester-based artist Russell Kirk to design the gates, which hint at the garden paradise that lies beyond.

The gates were built and installed by Modern Ironage Designs and supported in The Mersey Forest by chemicals manufacturer INEOS Enterprises as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Andy Martin, Grozone project manager, said: “We have known for some time that people were unaware of the hidden treasure lying behind the unwelcoming old gates, and were delighted to be able to do something to change that.

“The new gates look fantastic and, by giving a glimpse of what lies beyond, will draw more people in to our wonderful garden.”

Grozone staff and volunteers held a celebration barbeque to mark the occasion, and were joined by Janet Ward from INEOS Enterprises and Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Weaver Vale Julia Tickridge.

Janet said: “INEOS Enterprises has supported the Grozone project over a number of years and has watched it go from strength to strength.

“This community garden provides a valuable resource to everyone from the local community irrespective of ability.

“The fabulous new gates are fitting of such a worthwhile community project and provide a wonderful welcome to existing and new visitors alike.”

The Grozone Project is a community generation project in Northwich for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds which is regenerating a formerly derelict 0.8 hectare site in Northwich into a welcoming green oasis where people can meet, relax and take part in activities to benefit their health and well-being.