THE LAND outside Brynberian Community Centre will be full of flowers, plants and buzzing bees, thanks to a £5,461 Gannett grant.

The Gannett grants are offered annually by the Western Telegraph's parent company and go to practical and creative projects that bring lasting benefits to local communities and neighbourhoods.

Brynberian Community Centre has been running since 1976, following the purchase of the old school.

The hall, which holds regular social events and classes, is currently undergoing extensive renovation.

When the building work is complete the plan is to create a sensory and bee-friendly raised bed garden which will be wheelchair accessible.

The garden will also house the world peace flame which was carried from Snowdonia to Brynberian by local resident, Julie Marsden.

The Gannett grant will help to buy decking, raised beds, top soil and plants. The garden will be designed by a local landscape gardener and created by a team of community volunteers.

It is hoped work on the garden will begin this autumn once the building and groundworks at the hall are complete.

"It is really exciting," said Sandra Llewellyn, chairman of the Brynberian Community Centre Committee.

"We are so grateful to Gannett for realising that this project is worth financing. It's brilliant. We were absolutely delighted and over the moon to get the award."

Steve Adams, Western Telegraph and Tivyside Advertiser editor added:

"We are so pleased to be supporting grassroots community projects of this kind through the Gannett Foundation grant scheme.

"I hope that the Brynberian garden will be a resounding success and benefit many generations to come."