GSPC have agreed in principle to take a lease on the land. We are currently waiting for the lease to be drawn up and formally agreed. No funds will be transferred to the project until this has been completed. Converting an underused public space from a plain grassed area to a welcoming colourful array of wildflowers, fruit trees and wildlife habitats. The garden will have a winding fully accessible path to provide access to all areas of the garden. There will be opportunities for people of all ages to learn about nature and the environment and to collect seeds for planting elsewhere. The garden would be within walking distance of the primary school, pre-school, toddler group and the living accommodation for older people at Summerfield House. This should encourage people of all ages to enjoy the garden and learn from it. We hope the opportunity to see the seasonal changes in the garden will mean older residents get out more often especially with the chance to sit on a bench.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The project will help the environment by increasing wildflowers and pollinaters; improve well-being by encouraging residents, especially less mobile to visit and enjoy; increase opportunities for volunteering both through the implementation and on-going maintenance; and provide opportunities to learn about wildflowers and nature; and to collect seeds, fruits and herbs.
Steps to get it done:
We held a zoom meeting, and conducted a survey of residents. Support has been good and over 30 pledges have already been received.. In addition there is already an established volunteer group currently working to improve the village environment who are eager to be involved. The area links the ancient and modern parts of the parish via a footpath from Church Lane which includes St John the Baptist church, built in 1815, and the Bird in Hand pub, and newer development built in the early 1970s where there is also the school, village hall and post office.
About the space
grassed area at rear of Fover Cover, by steps leading down to Church Lane.
Cheshire West and Chester Council
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Thanks to all our wonderful pledgers who have so far got us to within £285 of our target. This includes a real boost of £6,115 from CW&C councillors. We will continue raising money through Spacehive up until 21st July and anything over our target will all be used for the garden. Special thanks to our six anonymous donors as we cannot thank them personally but we hope they see this message, You know who you are, but we don't! Thank you. A public meeting will be held on Thursday 30th June at 8pm in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome especially those who have made pledges and residents with concerns about how it will affect Fox Cover. Thanks to Cllr Margaret Parker who helped get Crime Prevention advice so that we can take steps to discourage nuisance. The Project Team meets on Monday 6th and a further update will be posted after that meeting.
Thanks to the boost we got from CW&C councillors, we are getting close to our target. The closing date is 21st July. If we get more than our target the money will be spend on buying more established plants, i.e. bigger plugs or established plants so that the garden looks better sooner. We might also be able to look at more expensive seating,. That doesn't mean more in number. There will only be one double and one single seat, We'll just be able to buy better quality. We'll be setting a date for a public meeting soon when everyone can give their views. The meeting will be publicised on Facebook, WhatsApp, websites, and noticeboards so look out for details.