Housebuilder Avant Homes North Yorkshire has donated a selection of plants and shrubbery to the parish church for Carlton to support its community garden project.

Christ Church, Lofthouse has been in need of additional donations to raise the necessary funds which would enable the gardens to be finished.

The housebuilder has provided a range of plants and shrubbery, as well as topsoil and mulch, which have come from its nearby Strawberry Fields development located in Carlton village.

Landscaping company Northern Groundcare, which is working with the housebuilder on the development, was also on hand to help support in getting the donations to Christ Church, Lofthouse.

Commenting on the donations, member of the congregation at Christ Church, Lofthouse and leader of the community garden project, Karen McLean said: “We’re extremely grateful to Avant Homes for its generous donations to our community garden project and the support from Northern Groundcare.

“It would have taken the church a long time to raise the funds for the plants and the soil, but thanks to these donations, we’ve been able to accelerate the work on the first phase of the project and work is continuing with the help of volunteers and benefactors.

“We’re now pleased to have the Community Memory Garden where people can commemorate members of the community who are sadly no longer with us and create a scenic space for local residents to enjoy.”

Located on Main Street close to Swithens Farm and Oulton Hall, Strawberry Fields is a development of 129 homes which is comprised of a mix of two, three four and five-bedroom properties.

Jason Tate, site manager said: “We’re thrilled to make these donations to Christ Church, Lofthouse and support it in bringing its community garden project to life.

“It is good to give a little something back to the local area and showcases our commitment to supporting worthy community projects around our Strawberry Fields development.”