Work on Norwich’s first eco-park is due to start on Monday (1 November).
St Clements Park on Woodcock Road is set to get new nature based play including a children’s climber, a sand pit, boulders and embankment slides.
The park will also feature sensory planting – the use of grass, flowers and trees that are colourful and inviting to touch and smell – especially for less able children and adults to enjoy.
This transformation is possible, in part, due to the council being awarded £100,000 from the Big Lottery Children’s Play Programme; with a further £60,000 funded by developer’s s106 contributions.
The design for the new park was drawn up following extensive consultation with local people. This included working with local school pupils, some of whom, made their own Blue Peter-style models to show their vision for the park.
Much of the park will remain open during the whole of the project. However, the entrance on Woodcock Road will be closed and parts of the park will be fenced off while work is carried out.
In order to minimise disturbance, contractor CGM Landscapes will only work Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm – and on Saturdays only under exceptional circumstances.
We expect the vast majority of the work to be completed by March 2011 – in time for the spring growing season; however, there will be additional planting during the whole of 2011.
Councillor Julie Brociek-Coulton, cabinet member for neighbourhoods – north and east says:
“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to get involved in this consultation and are confident that local people will enjoy using this fantastic new recreation area for many generations to come. St Clements will lead the way for the development of other parks in Norwich.”
29 October 2010