Last year we developed a plan to transform our greenspaces into areas that are equally welcoming to everyone of all ages and abilities and that help to improve our environment. Our Recovery Gardens Project was born.
We are lucky to have three separate greenspaces that have the potential to offer so much more then they currently do to our visitors and everyone from both our and surrounding communities. We have a Courtyard Garden, a Market Place Garden and a Car Park area which will encompass a new shelter for users of Buckby Library & Hub, an accessible area and new seating for visitors to the centre of the village and more attractive surroundings to the car park.
We approached funders to help us in our endeavours and are grateful to the Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund, the Nineveh Trust and the Peoples Postcode Lottery Neighbourhood Trust who have given us grants to enable us to deliver on our ideas.
First on our list was our Courtyard Garden which was in real need of shelter so that we could welcome those in need of safe outdoor space as they gradually came out of lockdown in 2020 and future activity groups who need a space that gives protection from the elements. We now have a wonderful gazebo and some additional planting in place.
Looking good !
It’s now Spring 2021 and we have designs in place for the Market Place and Car Park areas thanks to Andrew Mikolajski. There is lots to do and it will be a gradual process over many months this year but we got off to a flying start in April with the removal of the neglected shrubs and old tree stumps. Thank you James Bailey Tree Specialists. Now we can see just how much space we have to work with!
Our Car Park area is also in need of some care and attention to enhance its appearance and attract more pollinators and wildlife. We have plans for additional planting in the borders and low raised beds behind the bench. We are delighted to say that our Parish Council is supporting our endeavours by repairing the bench.