Big effort aids Tom Thumb kids

Hawthorn Bank after upgrade
Hawthorn Bank after upgrade

Youngsters at Tom Thumb Nursery will no longer have to spend their playtimes on the pavement.

Hawthorn Bank, the large unused plot of land next door to the nursery, has been transformed into a grass community area thanks to the Greenferry Trust – and with a little help from the fire service.

Chairperson of the trust Juliette Lee said: “The past 18 months has seen this eyesore transformed into a beautiful green area for all the community to enjoy.

“And it also means the nursery pupils will have access to a fantastic play area.”

Phase one of the project saw the 300sqm area levelled off and turfed however the recent heat wave caused slight problems for Juliette.

She said: “We had ten days in a row with no rain and I thought the new turf was surely going to suffer.

“So every morning I had a sprinkler running from my kitchen window and onto the grass. Thankfully the fire brigade turned up one of the days and took over.

“I think it just showed how much of a community project it has been as we had help from local businesses, the council, the fire brigade and the Rotary Club.”

The Ferry Fair Queen will officially open Hawthorn Bank on June 18 and the whole community is invited to come along and see the £7000 transformation.

Then Tom Thumb Nursery will host their sports day the following week, the first official event on the new area.

Juliette said: “It is fitting the children should be the first ones to enjoy the new and improved Hawthorn Bank. 
“In the future I hope the area is used for all manner of things, from yoga to picnics.”

However there is no rest for the Greenferry Trust as phase two is already getting underway.

The small team now has the task of raising more money to transform the rear of the area.

Juliette said: “Phase two is all about design and landscaping, to make Hawthorn Bank even more appealing. So we will have to think about what will best suit the community.

The opening event on June 18 will begin at 2pm.