Community garden plan for bowling green

Green space: Ashton Park's bowling green could be transformed into a community garden
Green space: Ashton Park's bowling green could be transformed into a community garden
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A bowling green in a city park could be transformed into a community garden.

Preston Council is working with the Preston environmental forum and the friends of Ashton Park on the new project.

A consultation is now underway to discuss the proposed new garden, which will be available for members of the public to work on and enjoy.

Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for community and environment, said: “We welcome the news of this consultation and are excited about the possibility of the bowling green being transformed into a community garden and we are interested in feedback from the local community.

“If there is support for the idea then bids for external funding can be made by Preston environmental forum to set up the new community garden.

“There is significant demand in Preston for community food growing; projects such as this proposal bring considerable benefits to people and the environment.”

Steve Dolby from Preston environmental forum said: “The members and committee of Preston environmental forum welcome today’s announcement by Preston Council.

“Having a ‘headquarters’ will enable us to move forward and develop as an organisation.

“We will be able to provide guidance and support to all the community environmental groups in Preston.

“Development of this site into the Preston environmental forum base will allow us to provide more training and voluntary opportunities, which can only be beneficial to the city of Preston as a whole.

“We look forward to the challenge of establishing this site over the next few years and providing further support for all environmental groups in Preston.”

Alison Burrow, from friends of Ashton Park, said: “As a friends group we have to look at ways to improve the park to encourage more park users and to work with Preston Council and other partners to deliver the best for our community.

“We are pleased to support this new project which will offer the opportunity for young and old to work together developing a new community garden with the help of PEF.”