IT is all smiles in Retford after a new community garden was opened.
Chairman of Bassetlaw Council coun David Challinor officially opened the new area behind the Goodwin Hall in the town’s Kings Park.
The garden has been improved thanks to £63,000 from Notts County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme along with additional funding from Retford Civic Soicety and King’s Park trust fund.
Improvements were made to the arboretum feature, shrub borders, seasonal flowerbeds, lawns and furnishings. The new garden incorporates a new patio and seating area which including a trellis feature and storage and composting bins to the rear of the building.
“The new garden is part of the continuing plan to restore and develop Kings Park’s heritage features and conservation areas,” said portfolio holder for environment and leisure, Julie Leigh.
“The community nature of the project is reflected by both St Joseph’s and St Swithun’s primary schools having planted in the garden tulip bulbs they had grown last year.”
The need for a community garden in the park was identified after the Retford Civic Society in partnership with the council and the Friends of Kings Park consulted all the users groups of the hall. The project is also supported by the Goodwin Hall Trust Committee.