A £1MILLION project to transform a derelict eyesore into a community asset is about to be unveiled.

Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden's newly restored glasshouses will be officially opened by Sam Youd, former head gardener at Tatton Park, on Sunday.

The regeneration project was spearheaded by Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council which led to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1,056,600 being awarded.

The glasshouses and back rooms will allow for plant propagation and for more exotic fruits and vegetables to be grown on site.

Other areas will be used for practical work and demonstrations and there is a community space for a café at weekends and to hold educational workshops, events and exhibitions during the week.

Janet Richards, who was part of the working group, said: “We are nearing completion on the project and are thrilled to open the glasshouses to the community which has several new amenities to make the visitor experience more enjoyable. The transformation is remarkable."

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, added: “The Walled Garden at Grappenhall Heys is a much loved heritage treasure and we are delighted to see that our funding has made the restoration of these magnificent glasshouses possible.

"The project has also created a number of exciting volunteering opportunities and space for events and educational activities, meaning people from across the community will benefit from the fantastic achievements of the parish council and Friends group.”

The Grappenhall Heys Estate was founded by Thomas Parr with the formal gardens, parkland and walled garden built in 1830.

During the 20th century, the house passed through several phases of ownership before falling into a state of disrepair and was eventually demolished.

The walled garden survived but the glasshouses were in a bad state of repair until now.

The opening day will run alongside Apple Day activities this Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.

Ian Fountain, Treasurer of the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, said: "Visitors can relax in the glasshouses and at new picnic tables while enjoying homemade cakes and hot drinks. They will also be able to overlook the beautiful kitchen garden.”