Exciting and creative ideas were emerging on Tuesday during the first day of a new garden project taking shape in King’s Lynn.

Team members involved in the Art, Cities and Landscape project have been busy measuring and planning at the courtyard garden area of King’s Lynn Arts Centre.

Seven local unemployed people are involved with the project, which is part of an innovative partnership with Amiens in France that has attracted European funding.

Liz Falconbridge, director of the arts centre, said: “I am delighted to welcome the new volunteer team set to benefit from this year’s Amiens Social Inclusion Project.

“This innovative scheme offers the participants a range of tailored experiences that we hope will build their skills and confidence. They come with enthusiasm and a willingness to try something a bit different and really bring the centre to life.”

Garden designer Tamara Bridge, one of those working with the team, said the project would include recycled and reclaimed materials, artwork and sculpture.

The new garden is expected to open to the public in July and will form part of the town’s Anglia in Bloom campaign.

Team members working on the project will learn a range of new skills, from IT to garden design history.