07.07.2016 - Ringstead Village receives new ‘Green’ amenity
Presently home to a population of roughly 1,500 occupants, the village of Ringstead is currently under going housing development with locals cautious that the lack of ‘green’ amenities could be cause for concern.
The Parish Council of Ringstead has been actively seeking funding to create a new ‘community garden’ at the heart of the village for some time, replacing a derelict old factory on the High Street. Good news has arrived recently, with the announcement that local business Mick George Ltd will provide the necessary funding to permit the transformation.
The £17,000 grant will see the region professionally landscaped, including paths, grass, plantations and trees installed, alongside permanent seating as well as other features such as a new village ‘coat of arms’ sign and history acknowledgement board.
Jeff Hornsey, Ringstead Parish Clerk said: ‘’We’re delighted to learn that we have been awarded funding from the Mick George Community Fund. Councillors have spoken that this generous contribution from Mick George Ltd will enable a long awaited amenity improvement to proceed which will provide a visual focus at the centre of the village for the benefit of all the residents of Ringstead.’’
It is anticipated that once finished the garden will provide a tranquil, peaceful and relaxing environment for particularly the elderly residents to enjoy and socialise. Local school children are set to be invited to submit ideas for design of the garden.
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 look forward to seeing the results and hope the local residents enjoy their new surroundings.‘’