In it’s tenth anniversary award funding, the GBN awarded £10,000 funding to the People’s Consortium of Siddal, Backhold and Exley towards their ambitious plans to improve the local recreation park and develop safe facilities for play and recreation. The project has made the park accessible to all, with a children’s play area; a zone for older children, with a five a side football pitch and teen shelter; a refurbished bowling green ; and, environmental areas, which can be used for schools projects. The funding from the GBN was used for a new sports surface, benches, bins, plants and bulbs.
The £15,000 best project in the Upper Calder Valley award went to the Friends of Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge, to create a sand and water play area in a dilapidated old paddling pool.
Other public amenity projects that the GBN has helped fund include the £100,000 Ravenscliffe Therapeutic Garden. The working garden at Ravenscliffe has an amphitheatre for amateur dramatics seating 50, a winding tree walk with ramps, steps and handrails, as well as interactive Biffaward ‘pods’ with sound, air and tactile features. The GBN is now sponsoring a sixth form Community Action Team (Ravenscliffe is Calderdale’s only Secondary Special School) who will help maintain community gardens locally.
Download a copy of the GBN’s Community gardens case study here.
We have also produced a case study of the ‘Wild Garden’ developed at Ferney Lee School.
Other projects include: