The Royal Horticultural Society is launching a new investment project in Yorkshire. Working in partnership with Yorkshire in Bloom, a new £100,000 fund will be distributed over the next three years to support grassroots community gardening across the region. See http://www.yorkshireinbloom.co.uk/default.asp?contentID=139 [06/02/2013 Yks in Bloom]
As part of improving open green spaces in Leeds, three projects have just been awarded almost £400,000 to boost facilities and improve the areas for local communities.
Queen’s Park, Rodley Park, and a community garden in Woodhouse have been allocated funding to develop the areas through money that has come from housing developers as part of the open space improvement contributions they make on new developments.
Queen’s Park will receive an increase in its range of play facilities with the provision of two new play areas, one for toddlers and one for older children. Along with this, a new multi-use games area will be installed with new wider pathways across the park and additional tree planting and park furniture will also be provided. The project will cost just under £290,000 and will start on-site in the Spring.
Rodley Park will also undergo improvements this year including the removal and relaying of the pathways, new entrance gates to both entrances, drainage works, and the installation of new benches, picnic tables and bins. As part of the £77,217 project, the bowling green will be removed and remodelled to blend into the park landscape with new planning and footways.
Works to create community gardens around Marlborough Towers in Woodhouse will also begin shortly as part of a project designed and co-ordinated by Groundwork Leeds. Two concrete areas will be ripped up and replaced by community gardens, including orchards of fruit trees and bushes, new furniture and timber planters. This project is funded by over £30k of developer contributions and with additional grant funding from the Groundwork Project Support Fund (£16k), GrantScape Caird Bardon Community Programme (£20k), West North West Homes Leeds (£20k) and Inner South Area Committee Well Being Fund (£6k). [23/01/2013 LCC]
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