Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has praised community volunteers for breathing new life into one of the town’s most popular green spaces.
The MP recently took a stroll through Falinge Park to learn more about the excellent work being done by Vintage Worx Community Development Trust.
The volunteer run scheme has transformed the park in recent years, opening Chronicles Cafe to the public and hosting more than a dozen community events a year.
Vintage Worx also offer employment training, English lessons, community enterprise support, first aid classes and are even working on a recipe book.
Tracie Bowers of Vintage Worx said: “I love the fact that this is just stage one, we’ve opened the cafe for park users and we’re working hard on our Victorian Kitchen Gardens project.
“As a group we’ve got big plans for the future and we’re hoping to invest in the park - watch this space.”
Mr Danczuk said: “Falinge Park is virtually unrecognisable from when I first visited it and Vintage Worx deserve a lot of credit for transforming this space into an area Rochdale can be truly proud of.
“Falinge has had more than its fair share of bad press in recent years but there is so much positive work being done that should be celebrated.
“I know Vintage Worx have big plans for the park so I am excited about the future and happy to help out in any way I can.”