Find haven of peace in Midsomer Norton 'Garden of Friendship'
Midsomer Norton has a new public green space, thanks to an agreement between the town council and Downside Abbey.
The green space hidden behind the town's Catholic church, originally the site of a tithe barn, is being earmarked as a haven of tranquility.
The garden was originally created at the time of the conversion of the tithe barn into a church by the celebrated architect Giles Gilbert Scott, the man behind the iconic red telephone box, in 1913.
Mayor of Midsomer Norton Paul Myers welcomed the signing of a new 30-year lease.
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Mr Myers said: "The signing of a new lease represents an important step by Midsomer Norton Town Council towards its goal of acquiring buildings and green spaces for the community.
"It's fantastic that we've been able to secure this garden for everyone to enjoy at a time when there is such pressure to develop green spaces."
The council plans over time to improve the space, which it has christened the Garden of Friendship.
It will be open to everyone with immediate effect as a quiet and peaceful haven at the heart of the town.
There are no plans to change the layout of the garden, but the council will be aiming to maintain and improve the green space so that more people can use it over the next 30 years.
Initial ideas for enhancing the area include improving access, renovation of some of the paths and improvements to the hedges and fencing.
The garden saw a commemorative oak tree planted in 2011 as a part of the town's twinning links with Ambarès et Lagrave in south west France.