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Food growing project to be set up in former Rishton playground
A FOOD-growing project in Rishton has moved one step closer after a public consultation period ended.
The disused children’s play area in ‘Piggy Park’, at Westwood Avenue and Devonshire Road, will be transformed into a growing area for the community, councillors said.
Coun Harry Grayson said: “The children’s play equipment was taken down a number of years ago because it was not fit for purpose and was dangerous.
“Since then it has been used as a loitering area and a dog toilet. It is never going to be a children’s play park again so we are looking at a food gowing project that the community will embrace.”
Leaflets and questionnaires went out to residents in Rishton.
A letter explained the project and the council’s vision and the questionnaire asked locals what they would like to see in the area.
The options included wildlife areas and rain water harvesting. Coun Grayson said a meeting will be held on Monday at the People’s Centre to discuss funding opportunities and Hyndburn Borough Council’s plans for the park.
He said: “We hope to be able to provide it at a very minimal cost. Schools and nurseries will be involved and the brownies and guides are interested too.
“The growing area will give children an understanding of how food is grown and the cycles of the food. It won’t just be food but flowers as well and there could be an orchard and a herb garden. I want to stress that it will be a secured area too.”
The council hope to start work before the end of September and to have the growing area up and running for 2014.
Chair of the Rishton Residents’ Association, Jackie Waring said: “I noticed there was a flyer in the shop asking people’s opinions. It sounds a brilliant idea and a brilliant use of the space. It will encourage people to grow their own produce but I think all the houses there have gardens.
“The terraced houses below the canal bridge don’t have gardens”.
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