An outdoor space in Renfrewshire has been given a new lease of life this summer following the completion of a £20,000 renovation project.

More than 60 people were welcomed to the official opening event of the refurbished garden at Johnstone Day Centre, in Walkinshaw Street, earlier this month.

Councillor John Hood was involved in the ceremony, which saw an apple tree and a pear tree being planted to mark the special occasion.

Visitors were also able to take home some homemade tablet, a miniature of whiskey and an 18-month calendar with photographs charting the progress of the garden and of Johnstone's past.

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Jeanette Lynch, secretary of Friends of Johnstone Day Centre, told The Gazette: "Everyone had a good time at the event.

"We had a group called The Willows, a young lad and a girl, who provided entertainment by singing a mixture of nice, traditional music.

"The day centre provided catering and there was a cake as well. I also made a speech that is written on the front of the calendar."

The renovated garden will allow service users at Johnstone Day Centre to socialise, exercise, and enjoy nature together.

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Successful funding applications to the National Lottery and Renfrewshire Council helped raise funds for the ambitious project.

Local activities such as raffles were also organised by Friends of Johnstone Day Centre, as well as an event at the local Masonic Hall that raised £800.

Jeanette said: "When we were working on the garden, we raised the ground until it was level with the patio doors instead of putting ramps in.

"As it is now a flat surface, this allows the day centre users to easily access the garden area.

"The £20,000 raised paid for this groundwork and installing new seats for the garden."

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Friends of Johnstone Day Centre has been involved in organising a range of previous projects focused on improving service users' health and fostering their creativity.

Initiatives include exercise equipment being purchased for the day centre and a 'week of music' being held at the facility, which a variety of musicians were involved in.

Artwork made by service users was also exhibited at the Paisley Arts Centre as part of an arts and crafts project.

The remaining calendars from the official opening event for the renovated garden can be purchased at Johnstone Day Centre for £5 each.