Monday 9th September 2013
Eastwood Park in Hasland is set to benefit from a raft of improvements thanks to funding from the Lottery funded Awards for All.
The Friends of Eastwood Park secured the £10,000 funding for the Chesterfield Borough Council park for the Community Garden.
Friends and volunteers of Eastwood Park celebrate £10,000 funding for the Community Garden in Hasland's Eastwood Park
Barbara Arrandale, Chair of the Friends of Eastwood Park, said the grant will fund new seeds, plants and compost, a new set of communal tools to use in the garden as well as a new secure lock up.
Groups that use the community garden include: Girl Guides, Hasland Community School, the Macintyre Charity (which supports people with learning disabilities) and individual members of the community from Hasland.
The funding will also pay for a gazebo to offer gardeners shelter from the sun and rain and for use at events, such as the recent Eastwood Park gala day, organised by the Friends of Eastwood Park.
It will also allow them to study the area and develop nature conservation and biodiversity by providing items such as: pond dipping kits, ground sheets and bug magnifying pots.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism added: "Congratulations to the Friends of Eastwood Park for securing this funding.
"This will make a real difference to volunteers working in the community garden and will help improve the look and feel of the park."
Eastwood Park reopened as a Queen Elizabeth II field in June after a ten month refurbishment funded through a £1.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the park should contact Sarah Poulton, Parks Development Officer, on 01246 345123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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