£10k bid for phase two development of Pogmoor’s park

26 11 2013

On 15th September, 2011, local residents identified a series of environmental improvements that were needed in the area around Cresswell Street. In response to this, the residents’ association sought funding for a multi-year project to make these much-needed  improvements by transforming the field behind Cresswell Street into a park.

Our wild flower meadow in full bloom

Our wild flower meadow in full bloom

Last October, with funding from Old Town Community First panel, we were able to complete phase 1 of the project.  Thirty three mature trees were planted, mostly along the West Road boundary of the field. Adjacent to these, seeds were sown for a small wild flower meadow. The final tree in phase 1 was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee oak tree, which was planted by our MP, Dan Jarvis in a short ceremony to celebrate the completion of this stage of the project.

Dan Jarvis MP plants the Jubilee Tree

Dan Jarvis MP plants the Jubilee Tree

We have now submitted a bid for £10,000 to Wren (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) to fund the second phase of the project.  This will provide  an avenue of 60 mature trees along the boundary with Royston Lead.  Four thousand bulbs will planted among the trees. In addition, a small people’s orchard will be planted between the avenue of trees and the allotments. We will hear whether we have been successful in March, 2014.

Planning is already underway for the third and final phase of the project. This will be a memorial garden adjacent to Cresswell Street.  We hope this garden will be a fitting reminder of the sacrifice made by the crew of the RAF bomber that crashed on this site on 6th January, 1942.  A service of remembrance is held each year on 6th January to commemorate the crew’s heroic deeds.

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