MEMBERS of the Arnside Fairtrade group were left delighted after their recently planted garden survived last week's storms.

During a lull in the storms, group members and villagers gathered together to position a commemorative plaque and officially open the garden on the promenade.

Designed and planted by group member, Ms Lee Fitton, the garden has been sited on the lower promenade with the dual purpose of providing an amenity for the local community and to publicise Fairtrade.

The garden, which was sited with the backing of Arnside Parish Council, has been planted with robust plants that will withstand the salty air.

It is hoped that when the garden has had the opportunity to mature, it will become a focal point on the lower promenade.

The group, helped by Arnside Youth Group, have also planted a 100 bulbs.

Group chair Mrs Delphine Gratrix said: "We are delighted that the garden survived the recent storms as it is situated right on the lower promenade wall.

"The group will be keeping an eye on the progress of the plants and maintaining the site and we hope that visitors and residents enjoy seeing the plants when they mature and flower."