RESIDENTS of a new neighbourhood in Ross on Wye gathered for a garden party hosted by the Edenstone Group.

Dozens of homes at St Mary’s Garden Village are now occupied and the event was an opportunity for new neighbours to come together and enjoy a barbecue and hog roast, homemade cakes, ice-cream and refreshments all on the house.

Edenstone Group sales director Adele McCoy said: “St Mary’s Garden Village has really blossomed and while it’s a relatively new neighbourhood, there’s already a strong sense of community. Residents have formed a Facebook group to help get to know one another but there’s nothing quite like meeting up in real life.

“We decided to host the garden party to bring everyone together – existing residents and those thinking of moving here. It was a real success and helped people meet those living in other parts of the development or those who will become their new neighbours. One of our homeowners even served up homemade cakes to raise money for Macmillan.”

St Mary’s Garden Village is being developed by the Edenstone Group’s two housing brands – Edenstone Homes and Bluebell Homes. The new community will eventually feature 290 homes, plus a range of facilities including feature allotments, walking and fitness trails with equipment, and a gym with a community hub.