Families have been working together to restore a much-loved community facility in Weymouth which was targeted by vandals.

Following a spate of vandalism earlier this year at Chapelhay Community Playgarden, residents have been pulling together to put things right.

In May, a display of tiles painted by local children was vandalised. Shortly after that, potatoes which the group had planted were pulled out and a newly-planted apple tree was destroyed.

At the time, the group said the vandals would not stop the community spirit.

At harvest time the group was worried that there would be no potato crop – but local kids were thrilled to dig up a bucket full, make fruit juice from donated apples, and plant two new apple trees.

Chairman of the Playgarden Clare Sutton said: “Despite some setbacks this year it was great that the kids that planted the potatoes got a result, and they just loved making their own apple juice."

She added: "We have also been working on some new art work to put up in the new year. But the most important thing is just encouraging everyone to come along, young or old, whatever, first Sunday of the month, just to sit or have a chat.”

The playgarden was set up in 2006 to make the playground a safe and attractive space, offer activities for children and families, and help build a stronger local community.

The playground is owned and maintained by Aster Housing but activities are organised by a playgarden committee. Last year the playgarden celebrated its 10th anniversary with a summer party.

Events are held throughout the year to get people interested and celebrate community spirit.

Chapelhay Community Playgarden’s Christmas Gathering, a free event which includes food, fun, arts and crafts and more will be from 11.30am-1pm on Sunday, December 3.

Email clare.sutton@zen.co.uk if you’d like further information or want to help out.