AN OVERGROWN corner of Helston has been given a make-over thanks to a caring couple.

Garth and Brenda Pascoe, with help from other residents, have transformed a scruffy patch of land near Coronation Park into a gravelled plant feature.

Brenda told the Packet: "It had become really overgrown, an absolute mess. We've got rid of the ugly atrocity that was there before."

Neighbours Rob Bell and Alex Foreman have also been instrumental in the facelift, which has taken around three months to complete.

Brenda added: "We just became so fed up with looking at a dying flower bed. One elderly chap who likes to sit at home and watch the world go by is delighted because it had become so overgrown that he had lost his view of Coronation Park."

The project took longer than expected, after they discovered a tree which was firmly embedded in the middle of the plot.

Garth spent days chipping away at the roots with an axe, before he finally uprooted it and enlisted the help of three other men to lift it on to a trailer for disposal.

As the work being undertaken became more apparent, nearby residents began offering donations to help with the cost.

They also received a very good price for two tonnes of gravel from RGB Building Supplies in Porthleven, which finished off the job after they'd planted numerous perennials from Trevena Cross Nurseries.

"We've made sure that there'll be minimal upkeep with everything that's in there and we've also chosen plants to attract bees and wildlife," added Brenda.

The new-look area, which is opposite the boating lake on the road to Porthleven, has proved a hit with residents from estates including Furry Way, Park Crescent, Park View Road, Penventon View and Castel Wary Close.