We are enormously grateful to BP Chemicals at Saltend, Hull for sponsoring The Park. Their hugely generous donation will be used to fund play equipment in The Park, which will be installed before our September opening. Their kindness means that our project, as a whole, is now nearly 80% funded.
Our first event - wildflower meadow creation - was fabulous! See all the news in our "Kilnwick Parklings" section.
Today is the day for our first Kilnwick Parklings youth event! Meet at 2pm at Kilnwick Village Hall (School lane) for an Introduction and Registration. Bring warm clothing, hoes, rakes and gardening gloves. We will be walking down to The Park and sowing wildflower seed to create a meadow! A parent / guardian must remain with their young people. Looking forward to seeing you there! More information here on our website under "Kilnwick Parkings."
We were hugely grateful to receive Tesco "Bags of Help" funding in 2016 which allowed us to install land drainage at The Park.
We are delighted to say that Tesco's will be supporting again - this time for funding for / towards the embankment slide at The Park. The embankment slide is a crucial component of our play area - is inclusive (suitable for all abilities) and is a wide design, encouraging group use and social interaction. The grass mound, onto which the slide will be positioned, will also form part our agility trail / natural play.
Our project will be voted on in the Driffield Tesco's store during May and June. Please do vote for us there! Prizes are £5,000, £3,000 or £1,000 depending on our position in the vote. So every vote counts!
Thanks for your support in voting for us, and a huge thanks to Tesco for supporting our project a second time.
The very best of community grass roots action18th April 2017
Residents and businesses in Kilnwick have been praised for representing the “very best of community grassroots action” as they work together to create a new community park for the village.
Work is well underway to create a new focal point for the village called The Park, Kilnwick, which will be enjoyed by all generations.
The park will cover an area of 6.5 acres and will include a native woodland area; a community orchard; a children’s playground with swings, slides, climbing frames and natural elements such as willow tunnels, grass mounds, sandpit and log balance beams; a wildlife area, including wildflower and wetland habitat, as well as a three-acre oval grassed area.
The area will provide a safe environment for children to play and the space and tranquillity for people of all ages to enjoy. It has been designed to create an environment where nature and wildlife can flourish, while also providing a communal area for village celebrations and fundraising events.
Now, from 450 projects supported by Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE), The Park, Kilnwick has been chosen as their case study from England as representing the “very best of community grassroots action.”
Ellen Beddows, secretary to The Park, Kilnwick, said the park will enhance the wellbeing of the residents of Kilnwick and surrounding villages, who currently lack such facilities.
She said: “There are around 250 people, including 65 children, in Kilnwick alone and there is no local community green space.
“The park will provide facilities which will enhance the health, wellbeing and education of our local residents.
“The project has brought the whole community together, with people of all ages joining in to help.
“During our first tree planting session last November, there was an 86-year age gap between the youngest and the oldest helpers!”
The Park, Kilnwick project has been made possible thanks to the donation of the land by three local families. It is being managed by ‘The Park, Kilnwick’ charity, which has been set up to oversee the project.
The £100,000 cost of creating and maintaining the park is being met through donations, grants and fundraising, with £25,000 still left to fund.
Ellen added: “We have a number of grant applications which we have submitted, however, if any local businesses would like to sponsor an item or donate in any way then we would love to hear from them.
“We have had incredible support from local businesses and individuals.
“One of the village farmers, Wayne Smith, has carried out the ploughing and harrowing of the fallow field to get it ready for sowing the grass seed later this month.
“Kings Seeds, a subsidiary of Frontier Agriculture in Hutton Cranswick, has donated the grass seed and the Woodland Trust donated 840 native tree saplings, which volunteers from the village have planted and 50 fruit trees and 62 Specimen Native trees have been supplied from Henleys Nurseries at Market Weighton and Thorpe Trees at York.
“Providing a haven for wildlife is a key element of The Park and CJ Wildlife has donated the bird boxes, bat boxes and insect hotels, worth £1,000, which has freed up other funding for an outdoor classroom, which will be used by local schools.”
With the land work carried out and the trees planted, the grass seed will be sown this month and the wildflower meadow will be planted by young people from the village who belong to Kilnwick Parklings, a new youth group set up as part of the project.The first Kilnwick Parklings activity will take place from 2-4pm on Saturday 29th April at The Park, which will be an introduction to the group, followed by the seeding of the large wildflower meadow.
The play equipment, which is being installed on a voluntary basis by local tradesmen Johnny Hoggard, Martin Mason, Richard Ling and Craig Norris, signage, seating and heritage and wildlife trails will then begin to take shape throughout the summer before the grand opening and community celebration weekend which will take place over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September 2017.
We are thrilled to report that the Big Lottery's Awards for All funding is supporting our project! This funding will enhance our seating, natural play and signage at The Park. Fabulous news indeed. Thank you!
The trees are coming into leaf at The Park! Our beautiful Horse Chestnut tree (quite a focal point at The Park) is coming into leaf, as are the 840 Woodland Trust saplings we have so far planted, the 50 orchard trees (from Henley's Nurseries) and 60 specimen trees (from Thorpe trees)! It looks fabulous. We have the first Orchard blossom too. Hopefully the grass seed will soon spring into life too.
A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to The Park's creation thus far - doesn't it look fabulous?
As the grass seed has just been sown, please do not enter The Park, except for organised events. We are keen for the grass seed to establish undisturbed. Thank you!
Huge thanks to:
Everyone who has "adopted" a tree at The Park.
http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/ for their assistance with our specimen / orchard trees
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ for supplying us with 840 saplings so far - and for their volunteer Derek Utley for visiting The Park and supporting our project
And a huge thanks to Henley's Nurseries and Thorpe Trees for their support of our project.
We are trying to ensure that everyone can access information about The Park - so we have email updates, this website, our facebook page and now we are commencing a Twitter feed.
Please do join in! Social media is great for spreading the word quickly (and will also be very helpful shortly, hopefully, for voting for our project in funding applications).
If you follow groups on facebook please look us up and feel free to "like" and "share" away - https://www.facebook.com/theparkkilnwick/
If Twitter is more your thing - we are just starting out, but please follow us and "retweet" where you can! https://twitter.com/theparkkilnwick
An exciting weekend at The Park. The grass seed has been sown! Soon the park will visibly be taking shape... We have 4 big thank you's to make. Firstly a thank you to Kings Crops and Frontier Agriculture for donating the seed. A thank you to Nick Thurlow for sowing the seed (see pics below). Another thank you to Wayne Smith (who has provided us with ongoing agricultural assistance) for rolling the land afterwards. And thanks to Johnny Walker for his support of the project and this weekends activities! You are all fabulous and you have given our project an enormous boost this weekend.
This is where you can find all the latest updates on the Park project - from the organisers.