'Help us win £1m for our park'

September 24 2019

Crumbling masonry could be repaired with lottery cash.

Crumbling masonry could be repaired with lottery cash

PEOPLE living in Kingswood are being asked how they would like to see £1 million spent in their local park.

The Friends of Kingswood Park and South Gloucestershire Council have teamed up to apply to the National Lottery Heritage Fund to give Kingswood Park a complete makeover. 

They want to hear from residents on how they think the money should be spent and are encouraging them to take part in a survey to have their say.

Ideas could include new play equipment, renovation of the bandstand for concerts, cafe, activities and more planting.

Jim Whittaker, secretary of Friends of Kingswood Park, said: “Kingswood Park is loved by families, dog walkers, young and old, as well as schools and fitness groups. 

“The park must meet the expectations of all its users and at the same time provide sustainable habitats for insects, animals and wildflowers. £1 million may sound a lot for less than 10 acres of public green space, but we want everyone in the Kingswood community to benefit from this makeover.”

Diane Thomas, chair of the Friends, said:  “This is our big chance to bring years of hard work in the park to fruition

“Although the flowers look terrific at this time of year much of the underlying structure of the park is crumbling. Kingswood has put up with our old children’s play area for too long.”

The Friends are asking every Kingswood resident to take part in a survey where they can put forward their ideas.

Survey forms can be found in the library at the Civic Centre or you can fill in an online survey at www.southglos.gov.uk/kingswoodpark

The Friends have also posted survey forms to homes around the park. 

Jim added: “Please, please take a few minutes to fill in the form and send it off using the Freepost label. The National Lottery wants to direct our money effectively towards the communities where it came from, so they need to see lots of completed consultation forms.”

The Friends will also have a presence in the park and in local shopping areas where they will hand out survey forms for completion.

The Friends of Kingwood Park are a group of volunteers working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council to improve Kingswood and its park. 

The aim of the group is to give visitors a safe, well maintained park where they can relax with family and friends and enjoy events and activities. 

The Friends also go out to Kingswood town centre to improve the appearance of the neighbourhood, maintaining flower beds and hanging baskets and campaigning to have eyesores like fly tipping and graffiti removed. 

A successful bid to the Lottery Heritage Fund by Friends of Page Park in Staple Hill saw the 19-acre green space completely transformed with a cafe, community room, renovated clocktower and drinking fountain, new paths, fencing, gates and planting.

Activities, such as Nordic walking, park runs, dog shows and concerts on the bandstand, are now commonplace.

The Friends say the park has now become the hub of the community, attracting record numbers of visitors from Staple Hill and beyond.