A group is asking people to throw their support behind the revamping of an overgrown public garden.

Botanist and district councillor Jennie Hart has drawn up new plans for the patch next to St Michael’s Church in Roding Road, Loughton, which go on display today.

The Loughton Broadway councillor, of Queens Road, said: “It’s an old, neglected garden that faces onto the road.

“The garden is totally overgrown and there are huge conifers and it will cost a bit of money to get it cleared.

“It will be a public place where people can sit and contemplate.”

She and fellow district councillor Ken Angold-Stephens have been working with the church, which owns the land, to apply for a total of about £20,000 in grants from bodies such as the National Lottery.

They are asking people to sign a petition in support of the designs.

Cllr Hart said: “We had a display at the farmers’ market on Sunday and got about 50 signatures.

“We are collecting signatures for a lottery grant, to show we have consulted with the public, and hopefully the town and district councils will give us some money.”

The plans are due to be on display in the Arts Centre at the Lopping Hall in Loughton High Road from 12.30pm today.