OUR PLANS INCLUDE MANY DIFFERENT PROJECTS:
Below are just some examples of the projects we have been planning, some already underway, our goal to transform the park is costly, all donation go towards the park
What is not mentioned below is our ART goals, we have some goals to bring Art into the park in a really different way.
One afternoon we were sitting chatting wondering how much all our ideas would cost, we guested about £250K, and then if you consider the wheel was not invented without a dreamer we had a choice, give up or find a way we get the money to transform a local park, so we set about starting to collect the money needed, donations started to arrive, a few pounds here and there soon starts to add up.
For those that remember, this is our modern day version of "penny for the guy"
Plans for this project are now in the final stages. Once the final stage is complete, our park will have a new seating area throughout the year, an art installation adorned with flowers and a stage for our events.
The sensory gardens will be adapted to a wide variety of users, incorporate hardscaped elements such as benches, paths, rocks, water fountains, bird feeders and garden art into the sensory space for an added effect.
THE LIVING WALL
This area is between the bus garage and the park offers a chance to install a living wall, using rainwater from local buildings that will be stored into water butts and then used to create a water feature and a solar powered pumping system to feed the wall, which will then drop water onto a small pebble stream leading onto the small pond
BAT & BIRD BOXES WITH...
Installation of Bat and Bird boxes are a great edition to any space, but why not install bat and bird boxes with online facilities, allowing locals to view their activities.
WILDLIFE WATCH AREA
Using the Bugs, Birds and Bats as the starting point, the plan for a local area "WildLife Watch Area" is easy and can be expanded to any environment
A mesh network is a collection of routers and repeaters that are bound together to create a wide area network for use around the grounds.
THE LYCH GATE
Over the coming weeks there are plans underway to restore the area around the Lych Gate to create a peaceful space to sit and relax.
PERGOLA AND TUNNELS
Creating a simple pergola and tunnel, where people can sit and enjoy a cup of tea and cake, or whatever other item they have might appeal, surrounded by the scent of the flowers and shaded from the sun.
Install high quality easy read signage within the park with symbols and icons, for people whom both English is not their first language and people with learning disabilities or other literacy challenges where symbols can enhance independence.
CREATE DEFINED WALKING PATHS
This should be planned at the same time as plans for updating the signs. Walking paths can be allocated to implement 1k, 2k, 5k walks with integrated natural features, bug homes, places to stop and sit for the less stable.
This are ongoing non recoverable costs we all incur. A good maintenance program for the upkeep of any ground and work should start in partnership with Local Council, we do not clash with the Councils statutory obligations.
Smart Parks provide a unique opportunity for all parks and communities to become a vibrant self-funding space, with wellbeing for people and nature, education and financial sustainability running through everything, joining up the dots between humans, nature and wellbeing of all involved, whilst reducing costs on the public purse.