Community in Yeovil wins ‘Outstanding’ South West in Bloom Award
The community of King Arthur Drive and Guinevere Close in Yeovil has won a prestigious Neighbourhood Award, as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom awards.
The community was awarded for its innovative project which transformed unmanaged woodland and a play area, both located behind the estate.
The area had been abandoned and neglected, and was subject to anti-social behaviour, but is now home to a new play area and over 300 new trees which were planted by the community.
Local children also took part in clean up sessions and litter picks to prepare the community for the new play equipment.
We worked with a number of organisations alongside the community to support the project, including South Somerset District Council, Brympton Parish Council and Avon and Somerset Police.
The new play space was funded jointly by the District and Parish Councils with a supporting grant from us. It was officially opened earlier in the year.
Christine Fraser, the Royal Horticultural Society’s official Judge, said “With participation from the local residents…a forward looking programme has been drawn up to include regular litter-picks, autumn bulb planting and late night wildlife watches to ensure the continuation of this superb project.
The choice of the excellent high standard play equipment is a credit to the funding agencies and the enlightened approach to the whole scheme is a credit to Knightstone Housing.”
Pete Davies, our Community Empowerment Manager, said “The key to the success of this project was our partnership work with the community itself and with other organisations that are invested here.
With our support, the community has created a safe, active space to enjoy, whilst addressing local issues such as littering, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.”
Robert Parr, Senior Play & Youth Facilities Officer at South Somerset District Council, designed the play space. He said “I’ve been fortunate to have existing woodland to work with when designing this space. The new park and play facilities have tried to make the most of this natural resource. Our partner organisations and the local communities input into the creation of this area has been fantastic and made this an enjoyable project to work on. The feedback from people using the park and play area has been really positive, and the local community are having loads of fun enjoying this space.”
Roger Meecham, Vice-Chairman of Brympton Parish Council, said “Brympton Parish Council is proud to have been a partner in this community based project which we know has involved a considerable amount of work by all parties concerned. The facilities provided will be an asset to the community for many years to come.”
Over 15 families contributed to a mosaic, to celebrate and commemorate the new play area. This is now in pride of place in the new community space.