The Friends have been involved with the town council to secure a lottery bid for £1.4 million to improve the park and gardens. The Friends had to raise £23,000 in match funding for the sensory garden which they will develop and maintain with the help of many local groups. Both have been achieved and work starts this Summer. The space the sensory garden will occupy is larger than initially proposed and we need to increase funding to c£30,000. The garden will be located close to the new Cafe and toilets. This will become a hub for many local groups to meet and become involved in volunteering. Through consultation for the lottery submission we have built strong links with the local SEND school and college as well as many disability groups.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The project will demonstrate support for partnership working, with the Friends of Radipole Park & Gardens, the Council’s Parks team and the wider community working together to shape growth and the quality of life in our neighbourhood. The gardens play a vital role in offering outdoor space that is not available to many people with low incomes who live in houses of multiple occupancy, flats or shared accommodation that have no gardens or outdoor space. This is especially relevant to adult mental wellbeing and the mental and physical well-being of children who need space to play and develop. The park and gardens are an important green space in the heart of an urbanised area. Important not only to people but also wildlife, as the park and gardens are adjacent to an RSPB SSSI nature reserve. Opportunities to conserve wildlife and to create and actively manage wildlife habitats are included in the proposed sensory garden design and will increase people’s access to wildlife.
Steps to get it done:
This project will promote the district as an area that is inclusive and accessible and will support and engage people of all ages. Encourage people to take an active part in the project to improve health and well-being. Improved sense of community ownership and pride in the park. People will develop new or improved skills. Develop a sense of ownership, community pride and social cohesion. Increase in people’s satisfaction with and enjoyment of the park. As part of the HLF process we have consulted with more than 2000 residents, many disabled groups and at every event hosted in the park and gardens we have taken feedback. This consultation has ensured that a wide diversity of residents’ views are represented. There is a proven high level of support for this open space to be rejuvenated, which represents the needs of residents of all age groups and abilities. Weymouth Access Group has been consulted. The site has since been surveyed and a DDA Audit Report will be commissioned.
About the space
Radipole Park and Gardens
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