THE Cudworth community pulled together to help transform a derelict toilet block into a flourishing community garden.

St John’s Gardens now sit where the former public toilets used to be – and the project was given the go-ahead thanks to the Principal Towns project.

The first phase of the scheme – which provides funding to boost the appearance of village centres – asked residents which area in their local community they felt needed improving.

Developer Barratt Homes made a contribution towards the project, and the Cudworth Businesses and Community Together group funded the stone faces which can be found in the surrounding walls.

The group also helped to fund a stone tribute to the village’s mining heritage.

Chris Fox, from the group, said: “The old toilet block was unsightly and it made the area look a bit gloomy.

“We wanted to help celebrate the heritage of Cudworth with the stone faces and the mining tribute.

“I think the new area looks wonderful and I am happy we could play a part in it.”

Leader of the council, Sir Steve Houghton – who also represents the Cudworth ward – added: “Myself and my fellow Cudworth councillors are amazed by this project and how much of a difference it has made locally.

“It’s really put the heart back into the village, and I think it will be a nice peaceful spot for everyone to enjoy.”