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New Pocket Park for Wollaston Residents

  • Monday, 23rd June 2003
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Scott Bader residents in Wollaston saw the official opening of its own pocket park in the heart of the village.

Allan Bell, Managing Director of polymer company Scott Bader, and local school girl Rebecca Cole (aged 11), who designed the winning logo advertising the park, performed the opening ceremony.

The pocket park, situated in Bell End in Wollaston, was leased to Wollaston Parish Council at a peppercorn rent for 25 years as part of Scott Bader’s 50 year anniversary celebrations and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2001. Following two public meetings a management committee, led by Parish Councillor Clive Convine, was established from local resident volunteers. Together they designed and managed the project.

With financial aid from Scott Bader, Wellingborough Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council to the sum of £20,000 and volunteer support from local residents, the area was transformed from a dark, enclosed walled garden. It has been opened up and given an attractive new entrance in keeping with the conservation status of the village. And has been designed to provide access suitable for wheelchair users when complete. Local firms have also provided services and equipment free of charge.

County Council cabinet member for the environment, Jim Wade, says: “I would like to thank Scott Bader for its generosity. The project has resulted in a natural and peaceful haven for the whole community to enjoy. The aim is to conserve wildlife and create new habitats, and volunteers have been working hard, planting native Northamptonshire shrubs, a bog garden, a wildflower area, making log piles and nest boxes. In time I hope local schools will use the site to learn about the environment.”

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