Naturescape for Florence Park

A group of local residents are planning to introduce an environmental project to develop fun learning for all.

By David Henwood

Flo’s-the Place in the Park and social enterprise group Naturescape have teamed up to redevelop the mini-golf course into a magical outdoor garden for play, wildlife and learning.

The plan is to create an exploratory and sensory mini landscape of wild flowers and edible foraging. Additional plans include rainwater harvesting, native hedging and a pond. Young explorers will be provided with a myriad of paths leading to small dens, canvas shelters, a mud play area along with a circle area for fires.

The scheme has already received booking commitments from the day care nursery at Flo’s for 2 to 5-year olds, schools and youth groups, and a local Dad’s group have committed to using Naturescape. 

Naturescape will be fenced and gated, but still available for use by anybody in the community at times when it is not booked by community groups. 

The group needs to raise £40,000 to deliver the project.

The proposal is led by a group of experienced local volunteers including:

· Annie Davy an early years education specialist

· Kate Jury , garden designer and horticulturalist, whose recent work includes the Barracks Lane Community Garden

· Laura Burt, a seasoned horticultural maintenance expert with specialism in designing outdoor spaces to promote wellbeing.

If you would like to support the scheme please visit Flos-the Place in the Park for more details:

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