Vision needed for High Street site

General view of Hawthorn Bank park
General view of Hawthorn Bank park

Members of the public are being asked to share their views on how to improve a derelict area, off the town’s historic High Street.

Now local environmental group GreenFerry is to hold a ‘walk and talk’ event to discuss the creation of a community garden at Hawthorn Bank.

Hawthorn Bank Park has a substantial amount of natural heritage – from mature trees and hedgerows to a diverse range of wildlife including bats.

The park, however, has been much neglected and, given its current derelict state, is now used mainly by dog walkers.

Juliette Lee, GreenFerry chairwoman, said: “Encouraging children to play outside and engage with their natural environment is vital to their overall development as well as key to creating a sense of belonging to their community.

“Tom Thumb Nursery caters for around 60 pre-school children on a daily basis, so a community park would make such a positive use of that particular derelict space.

“But we need thoughts and ideas. This could be a beautiful community garden for everyone. At the moment, it’s just a wasted area.”

The walk and talk takes place next Saturday, February 21, from 11am-2pm at The Vennel Hall.