Fairfield park gets spruce-up

Fairfield Community Garden, the volunteers with their plan for the site
Fairfield Community Garden, the volunteers with their plan for the site

A community-run garden scheme to transform a Fairfield park is attracting more members after staging its latest open day.

Community Wildlife Spaces held a volunteer gardening day last Tuesday and plenty of groundwork was done on the day as the group aims to transform Granby Road Park.

Fairfield Community Garden, Karen Hyde and Paul Irving rebuilding a stone wall

Fairfield Community Garden, Karen Hyde and Paul Irving rebuilding a stone wall

Organiser Mary Challis said: “We originally started with a group of local women who wanted to revitalise the park.

“We’ve taken it on and want to try and make it an educational but also attractive outdoor space.

“We’d like to make it a conservation area and would eventually like to involve local schools and youth groups.

“We’re incorporating wildflower meadows, bug hotels and mammal mounds so there’s all sorts going on.

Fairfield Community Garden, volunteers clearing the site

Fairfield Community Garden, volunteers clearing the site

“Our third volunteer day had more people than ever before turn up.

“On the day we were doing dry stone walling.

“We also got busy clearing the nestles and thistles from the ground.”

Mary says that the group is eager to get more parents and youngsters turning up to the volunteer days.

Fairfield Community Garden, Mary Challis in a sea of thistles

Fairfield Community Garden, Mary Challis in a sea of thistles

She added: “We do have a lot of interest from younger children wanting to help out and we would love to see even more parents too.

“It’s easy to get involved and we’ve got a number of volunteer days still planned.

“To anyone thinking of coming, just bring sensible clothing, and prepare to get your hands dirty!”

To get involved with the group, either call Mary on 07973 286812 or search for Community Wildlife Spaces (CWS) on Facebook.

Alternatively, you can just turn up to the volunteer sessions between 10am and 4pm on Monday, August 24 and Saturday, September 5.