The Friends of Pinner Village Gardens (FoPVG) have gone into 2020 on the front foot – using a £24,000 government grant to revitalise areas of the garden.
The volunteer group, who have over 180 members, benefitted from the government’s ‘pocket parks’ grant last year, meaning they had almost £25k to spend on the gardens.
The Friends started using the cash last year, refurbishing the walking path and seating area, and are looking to continue their good work this year.
A spokesperson for the group said: “Some areas of this large park are currently under-utilised due to their limited facilities and a rundown appearance. The plan is to revitalise these areas so that all park users would benefit from the improvements which will create areas in which to relax, exercise and meet.
“By re-invigorating the area adjacent to the pond, we aim to create not only an alternative meeting point and social hub that would continue to attract families but also opportunities for educational and nature activities. This project plan has been supported by canvassing local parents and park users who sometimes feel forced to attend other parks in the area with better equipment and a more sociable ambience, creating issues of longer journeys with young children.
The specific area they have focused their efforts on is around an existing ornamental pond.
Prior to the grant, the site was semi-derelict and created a bad impression and anti-social atmosphere in the park.
New investment and the group’s efforts is helping turn the area into a new focal social point, an area of wildlife, nature and beauty as well as provide for educational opportunities.
To keep up with FoPVG, go to their Facebook page by searching ‘@friendsofpinnervillagegardens’.