7th Jun, 2020

Gardens set to gain from grant

Joshua Godfrey 15th Feb, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MUCH-LOVED Worcester community gardens is set to benefit from a £12,000 grant to breathe new life into the popular green space.

The Arboretum Residents Group is just one of 100 groups from across the UK to receive the cash from the Government’s ‘Pocket Parks’ funding scheme which will be put towards a much needed revamp of Westbury Street Community Gardens.

Worcester City Council is also planning to hand over up to £22,000 for the face lift to enhance the gardens even further.

Part of the renovation work includes replacing the existing paving slabs with mosaic tiling designed by local children, new hard surfaces for traditional games such as hopscotch and new benches being added to encourage more elderly residents to visit the garden to get out and socialise.

Once the revamp is complete, the community gardens will be used for Harvest fetes, apple pressing and music festivals.

Chair of the Arboretum Residents Group, Jane Moorhouse, said: “I am very excited that Arboretum Residents Group has been awarded this funding, allowing us to move forward and breath new life in to Westbury Community Gardens.

“Our aim is to create a beautiful open space which will bring residents together and allow us to celebrate our community for generations to come.

Coun Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member for Clean, Green and Safe City, said: “Smaller scale green areas such as Westbury Park Gardens can make a huge difference to the enjoyment and well being of their local community.

“For this reason I’m delighted that in addition to the investment we’re making in the city’s large parks, we’re also able to support this innovative proposal to enhance a much-loved green space in the heart of the city.”

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