Residents around Eastleigh’s Grantham Green are celebrating a ‘lottery win’.
The Eastleigh Local Area Committee and Eastleigh Borough & Romsey Mencap have been working together to support the Council’s regeneration of the popular town centre green space a flat area of grass bordered on all four sides by Parnell, Derby, Nutbeem and Grantham Roads. It is widely used by local young people, children with parents and dog walkers.
Grantham Green is undergoing a transformation, with new facilities that include seating, new paths and picnic tables, as well as trees, shrubs and a wildflower meadow.
A successful bid to the Postcode Lottery Trust for £13,281 has been used to fund a new picnic bench, wildflower turves and will support the work of Grantham Green Growers, the group set up by Eastleigh Borough & Romsey Mencap, to look after the new ornamental planting bed and a stumpery – a garden feature that uses tree stumps to create niche habitats for shade tolerant plants and other wildlife. The Chamberlayne Estates donated the two largest stumps and a range of smaller logs to the stumpery
The picnic tables and benches have been designed in abstract shapes by local artist Andy Frost, based on original ideas from the pupils of Cherbourg and Norwood Primary Schools.
An earlier successful funding bid to Aviva Community Fund, put together by Eastleigh Borough Council, working with the OneCommunity charity and local groups, will bring a rock climbing feature to the Green.
Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, Councillor Paul Bicknell, said: “Grantham Green is making great progress - thanks to the efforts of local residents and groups, such as Eastleigh Borough & Romsey Mencap, working alongside Council staff. It is great to see new features and plantings taking place and transforming this valued area of open space.
”The new additions to Grantham Green have been welcomed by large sections of the community with many more people using the green than ever before. During the winter weather many families used Grantham Green for sledging and now the warmer weather has arrived large numbers of people are using the benches and picnic tables or making use of the vantage points on the top of the mounds for picnics”
Eastleigh Borough & Romsey Mencap would welcome new members interested in gardening with people with learning disabilities. Please call Michelle on 023 8048 3471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.