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Hard work makes perfect park Everything in the park is lovely for 
Garstang's Kepple Lane Park TrusteesThey may not be ones to boast, but the award-winning Trustees can certainly pride themselves on a job well done.

For the story of how one bit of Garstang wasteland was transformed is both inspira­tional and enterprising.

So much so that the park has already won numerous awards, including the coveted Green Flag status. The former brownfield site, owned by Gar­stang Town Council, was once Garstang's waste disposal site - until two Town Councillors had dif­ferent thoughts

Now some eight years lat­er it is a facility which boasts a toddler playground, a play ar­ea for five to nine-year-olds, two sensory gardens, an outdoor gym/trim trail, a community orchard, a community veg bed, a performance stage, a bog garden, tranquil seating areas, a youth shelter, a willow walk-way, picnic ta­bles, basketball hoop, football nets and more.

Fun Day 2016

But it's not just time that has made the difference. Over the following three years it held numerous meet­ings, including open meet­ings when representatives of residents, police, schools, churches, youth groups, Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council worked to establish just how local residents would like to see the land used.

Imagination, patience and perseverance were just some of the qualities needed to turn the dream, of creating a new outdoor recreation facility - and later public gardens - in­to reality. 

First the town council had to pay for a £6,800 special survey of the site - funded by Section 106 money paid by de­velopers.

Lancashire County Coun­cil provided drawings of the proposals free of charge and successfully submitted a plan­ning application on behalf of the trust.

In summer 2010 on a memorable rainy "open day" in Garstang Town Centre some 280 signatures were gained in five hours - with only one against the project.

New Toddlers Play Area

Planning permission was gained in April 2011 and work has been carried out in two phases. The trust negotiated a 25-year lease with the Town Council, with a peppercorn rent agreed.

Over the years the number of trustees has grown and they now comprise Councillor Gordon Harter, Councillor Joe Gilmour, Joan Baptie, Andy Brown and Annette Brown. Youth Councillor, Oliver Atkinson has joined as Youth Liaison.

A debt of gratitude is cer­tainly owed to the many local businesses and organisations which have helped advance the park project. 

A board at the park’s entrance lists sponsors ranging from the Lancashire Environmental Fund to the Duchy of Lancas­ter Benevolent Fund and it's expected more will be added this year.

Sponsors Board

How does Gordon feel? He says: "I'm delighted, absolutely delighted. The feedback is brilliant."

Awards garnered in­clude two Green Partnership Awards, the Green Flag Award, and a Wyre Together Award.

The most recent, and most exciting ward is the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Queens Award Park Picture 2016

But, like the Forth Bridge, it is a project that will never end, with maintenance of plant­ing areas, regular checking of equipment and a readiness to respond to local needs mean­ing there's no standing still.

Well, maybe for a minute or two to admire the view.... then it's on to the next task.

OA 23/07/2017