Thanks to a grant of over £25,000 we've introduced some new play equipment to Knyveton Gardens in Springbourne.
The park now has a variety of toddler play equipment installed, with the work being completed by BCP Council. Further improvements to the landscaping of the park is planned over the winter months, including the introduction of some wildflower meadows.
Winton Community Shed volunteers have also made a Bug Hotel, to increase the diversity of wildlife in the park.
A celebration event for families from the local community will be held on Monday 28th October from 2-4.30pm. There's no need to book - this family friendly event will celebrate the opening of our new bug hotel and a recently restored area of the gardens. We're encouraging people to come and stay for the afternoon to help make a room for wildlife guests in the new hotel.
This grant was funded by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Pocket Park Plus scheme to support communities and their partners to establish pocket parks or refurbish an existing park, or part of a park, where people can relax, exercise, socialise and play.
Councillor Anne Filer said, “The residents living near Knyveton Gardens have worked exceptionally hard together to transform this area and to support a delightful community park.
“This generous grant will enable them to fulfil their ambitions and to create a park for young and old, residents and visitors alike, to enjoy and benefit from.
“The Friends of Knyveton Gardens are a really special, visionary and inclusive group of people and richly deserve this award.
“We, their local councillors fully support their efforts and know they will make a tremendous difference to the lives of everybody in the area."
Cathi Farrer, Foundation Manger of Bournemouth Parks Foundation, said, “It’s amazing to be awarded this grant so we can provide this park with some love and attention.
“Now the majority of the work’s been completed we want to celebrate with the local community at our event on Monday 28th October.
“Thanks also to AFC Bournemouth’s Community Fund who’ve contributed £800 to this project.”
Rose Stone, Chair of the Friends of Knyveton Gardens said, “We’re really pleased about the investment being made into Knyveton Gardens, the local community will really benefit from the enhancements.
“Our Friends of Knyveton Gardens group have been working with the Parks Foundation on the Parks in Mind programme, which is a great project encouraging volunteering opportunities in parks to improve people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.
If you would like to get involved or volunteer with the Parks in Mind project at Knyveton Gardens you can find more information at bit.ly/KnyvetonGardens
The Bournemouth Parks Foundation is an independent charitable foundation devoted to enhancing Bournemouth's parks, gardens and green spaces alongside BCP Council.
The Bournemouth Parks Foundation are looking to establish relationships with businesses and individuals wishing to support their community by enhancing their local park. If you’d like further information, please get in touch on 01202 451513.