A POLICE constable from Bridgwater has helped secure £12,500 to transform a dull part of town into a vibrant garden.

Neighbourhood beat manager Tony Freeman hopes work can begin to convert a concrete bench area in West Street into a community garden as soon as July 21.

He told the Mercury: “I want to give the community a free garden. The area has been on my beat for a few years and we used to have a bit of antisocial behaviour there.

“It just needed brightening up.”

The plans would see the back wall demolished and the area will be completely transformed into a canal-themed garden.

Ideas include mock lock gates used for planters and a mural designed by some local students showing Bridgwater Fair and the markets. The Showman’s Guild, which organises rides at the fair, will be having a plaque to commemorate a special anniversary.

Constable Freeman added: “I’ve battled to get this project on track. A lot of different authorities are involved, such as the Canal and River Trust, so organising it has been three years in the making. I’m determined to get this done.

“The money has come from funds from the town council, police and other community funds.”