THE award-wining Belville Community Garden has honoured two local women who turned their dream in to a reality.

Former Belville Street resident Alice McCaughey and her friend Sadie Turner led a team of locals who first planted the idea, spent years sowing the seeds and thanks to them the community is reaping the rewards.

Today the garden is in full bloom with a massive eco friendly space.

An eco day was held at the gardens and Alice and Sarah were recognised at the big event with plaques put in place to mark their achievements.

Former community association chair Alice, who brought her family up in Selkirk Court, was determined to leave a lasting legacy behind when the high rises flats were torn down.

Alice, who now lives in Inverkip Road, said: "I can't believe how far we have come. We wanted to leave something behind for the Belville community.

"It was a such a great honour to have a plaque put in the garden with our names on it."

The last high rise Hawick Court came down in 2015.

Five years on the community garden is going from strength to strength, offering cooking classes and working with charities and social enterprises to give opportunities to people who need it the most.

Alice, now 79, latterly stayed in flats in Belville Street, but was forced to move from the area two years ago following a fall which left her badly injured.

She said: "It was really emotional to have to leave Belville Street so it was great the team have made such an effort to recognise us.

"Sadie was instrumental as well and came to every meeting with me."

Laura Reilly, who is a trustee of Belville Community Garden, said: "It is really important that we recognise people like Alice and Sadie because without them this would never have happened."