Chance to have say on plans to improve Norwich park

Jenny Lind Park, off Vauxhall Street. Jenny Lind Park, off Vauxhall Street.

Peter Walsh peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Monday, April 7, 2014
6:28 AM

Families living close to a city park have been urged to give their views about how they can make the area a more colourful and attractive to wildlife by attending a meeting tonight.

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Volunteer group LTC Green Spaces is currently conducting a consultation on improving the planting in Jenny Lind Park and has delivered about 2,000 consultation forms to households in the area promoting a drop-in event at Melbourne Cottages between 6.30pm and 8pm.

At the event people will be able to hear proposals aimed at improving the planting in the park to make it a more colourful, attractive and wildlife-friendly place while still keeping plenty of open mown grass for informal sporting activities and dog walkers.

Organisers want as many people as possible to attend so they can hear their views on other possibilities, like the implementation of an edible or sensory garden.

Stephen Little, a city councillor for Town Close ward, has been involved in the project and would like to hear from as many interested people as possible before any proposals are moved forward.

He said: “We’ve done little bits and pieces but didn’t think we could do anything too radical until we’ve spoken to people.

“We’ve given about 2,000 of these consultation leaflets out in the area. We just want to improve the planting in Jenny Lind Park and make it a more attractive, colourful and wildlife friendly place. But before we move forward we want to hear what kind of things people want.”

Mr Little said he was particularly interested in trying to find out what children and young people wanted and getting them involved in learning more about the “nature on their doorstep”.

Among the ideas being considered are trying to brighten up the arch leading into the park by planting round it or getting youngsters to paint murals on the toilet block opposite the arch.

The park, which was improved in 2010, is named after Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind who in the 1850’s raised money from her concerts in Norwich to open a new children’s hospital, only the second in the country after Great Ormond Street.

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