Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has given his backing to a Lydiate business that he has called the "Little Eden Project of the North".
Bill visited Lydiate Barns Nurseries and Garden Centre on Southport Road to see for himself the business that has plans to grow.
The MP was invited to visit the nurseries and garden centre by husband and wife partnership Phil and Elaine Curran.
Even though the site had been derelict for five years before Elaine and partner Phil Curran took over, they have already scooped a prestigious Chelsea Flower Show award and been given 'National Collection Status' by conservation charity Plant Heritage.
Elaine told Bill: "We arrived at the beginning of April 2011 to a site which had been derelict for five years. The greenhouse was overgrown with brambles and weeds, covered with broken glass and had severe fire damage.
"After only 12 days we had removed all the broken glass and repaired the greenhouse. The weeds and bramble were cleared and the greenhouse was filled with a variety of new stock which included bedding plants, hanging baskets, herb and vegetable plants, shrubs and alpines.
"Lydiate Barn Nurseries truly was transformed and 'Phase 1' was opened to the public on Friday, April 22, 2011.
"Since then we have developed this phase by adding other products such as compost, topsoil, slates, gravels, bark and sand. These products are available in all different sizes ranging for 25 litre bags to 1m³ bulk bags. A rapid delivery service is also available from ourselves.
"We are currently working on 'Phase Two and Three'. Phase Two includes a brand new entrance. You can now enter through a trellis arched walkway situated at the front of the garden centre. Phase Three will be Pet Central, including a variety of pet products, from fish food to
bird feeders to rabbit hutches.
"With six phases planned we are constantly striving to bring new and different products to our garden centre. We feel everyday we are contributing more and more to the local community."
Bill said Lydiate Barn Nurseries and Garden Centre was an example of a good community business.
Bill said: "I'd like to thank Elaine and Phil for inviting me to visit their business.
"Lydiate Barns Nurseries and Garden Centre is an outstanding business, which has been recognised nationally when they scooped a prestigious award at the Chelsea Flower Show.
"I was really impressed by the efforts which Lydiate Barn Nurseries have made to set up a successful business which is for the people of Maghull and Lydiate. They are planning to host regular visits from local schools who will get the chance to see some very rare plants right here on their doorstep. And they are already hosting events for local community groups.
"The coffee shop is clearly a big hit with pensioners and the award winning plant collection is stunning. I would urge people living in and around Lydiate to visit and to support this ambitious local business. It really is our very own Little Eden Project.
"I would like to wish Lydiate Barn Nurseries and Garden Centre the best of luck for the future."