Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Council, children and national charity unite to improve Ryelands Park

Children from Lune Park Children's Centre join forced with Lancaster City Council, Friends of Ryelands Park and Groundwork to plant 1000 bulbs in Ryelands Park. Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council
Budding gardeners descended on Ryelands Park this week to help Lancaster City Council add a splash of colour to the park with the planting of 1000 bulbs.

Last week more than 30 children from Lune Park Children’s Centre worked alongside the council's Ground's Maintenance Team to plant anemone blanda bulbs as part of a masterplan to improve the look and feel of the park.

The bulbs were funded by the national community charity Groundwork, which was set up in the 1980s and whose mission is to "keep working until everywhere is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and everyone can reach their potential."

The children and visitors to the park can now look forward to seeing the results of their hard work come into bloom later this year, joining this year's annual snowdrops and other plant life that makes the park a popular attraction.

Local volunteers have also been busy undertaken other improvement works to the park by clearing paths and work is also continuing to provide a safe and exciting play facility which is scheduled to open in time for the summer.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental Services, said:  “It's great that so many children enjoyed working alongside council staff to help make something special happen in their park this year.

"There is a fantastic amount of work taking place in Ryelands Park and everyone who has volunteered so far to help shape its future for the benefit of those living in their local community and beyond should be rightly proud of what has already been achieved."

Groundwork was established in the early 1980s as a radical experiment to engage government, businesses and communities in collective action to improve the physical, social and economic fabric of disadvantaged communities. The driving force behind the establishment of Groundwork was the late John Davidson, an inspirational environmental thinker working at the time for the Countryside Commission.

John sadly passed away in 2012, but his vision of the Groundwork approach – start local, put the right tools in people’s hands, engage all those who have a stake in a place and solve as many problems as possible with the same investment – holds true to this day.

More about Groundwork in the North West here ion their official web site

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