Ringstead Community Garden
Presently home to a population of roughly 1,500 occupants, the village of Ringstead has recently undergone housing development with locals cautious that the lack of ‘green’ amenities could be cause for concern.
Such anxieties led the Parish Council of Ringstead to actively seek funding to create a new ‘community garden’ at the heart of the village, for which they were successful, after a grant was provided to a value of £17,000 from the Mick George Community Fund.
One year on, and the beautiful new location is complete with the official unveiling having taken place this weekend. A pupil from Ringstead Primary School ‘cut-the-ribbon’ after his design drawing was selected as the main inspiration for the eventual garden layout.
Replacing the derelict old factory on the High Street, the area has been professionally landscaped, with paths, grass, plantations and trees installed, alongside permanent seating, as well as other features such as a new village ‘coat of arms’ sign and a history acknowledgement board.
It’s anticipated that the garden will provide a tranquil, peaceful and relaxing environment for up to 12,000 people annually, and particularly the elderly residents to enjoy and socialise, given the isolated rural setting.
The initiative has been long sought after, having been originally included as a ‘desirable development’ in the 2007 Raunds area preferred options document. It later reared its head once more, during a consultation carried out in 2012, which recognised the project as a realistic possibility due to the ‘Old factory’ becoming redundant.
Councillor Jeff Hornsey, Ringstead Parish Council said: ‘’This generous contribution from Mick George Ltd has enabled a long awaited amenity improvement to be completed, providing a visual focus at the centre of the village for the benefit of all Ringstead residents. We’re delighted with the outcome, and can’t thank Mick George Ltd enough.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd said: ‘’Having a site on the outskirts of Ringstead means we are particularly familiar with the region and have built a wonderful relationship with the local community. We appreciate their support and wherever possible we’re always looking to give something back. We hope the local residents enjoy their new surroundings.‘’