People make places great. We all have a stake in the towns, villages and communities of Kirklees.
This is a small walled garden space in the centre of our village which was created in the 1950s to be both a commemoration of the Festival of Britain and an amenity area for local villagers where they could meet, sit, and chat among attractive plants & flowers. Our project is to bring the space back to its former glory and again to be used as described above.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Physical Enhancement - the garden & shelter are currently in a state of decay so we aim to create an attractive looking space in line with its original design features. Social Amenity - one of the aims & objects of our group is to help generate better wellbeing of our residents by providing amenities that encourage social engagement both in terms of facility use and involvement by community members with volunteers groups for tasks such as garden planting and upkeep. Pride in our Village - we aim to undertake projects that not only improve the local environment, but also help foster an ethos of pride & appreciation of our natural & built surroundings.
Steps to get it done:
The land for this garden was gifted & conveyed in the 1950s by local landowner Lord Savile. The 3 nominated Trustees were local men who oversaw the original fundraising & building work. In the intervening years these men have all passed on resulting in no current Trustees existing and therefore no body has responsibility for any maintenance & upkeep. Our first task is to appoint new Trustees from village residents and ensure that once the works described are complete, we can ensure continuity of the amenity for generations to come. The current state of the fabric is not just poor, but also in some parts dangerous and detrimental / potentially damaging to an adjoining public footway and a property.
About the space
Church Street. Emley