Garden presentation, Jane Sills, Josh Hunter & Val Fendley, Ramsey Million Big Local

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Slides used by Jane Sills, Josh Hunter & Val Fendley, Ramsey Million as part of the workshop on ‘How to transform open spaces and local places’ organised as part of the Local Trust programme of networking and learning events for Big Local residents. The workshop was held on 13 February 2014 in Manchester. Find out more about Local Trust and this and other networking and learning events at http://www.localtrust.org.uk/ and about Ramsey Million Big Local here https://www.facebook.com/ramseymillion?fref=ts)

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Garden presentation, Jane Sills, Josh Hunter & Val Fendley, Ramsey Million Big Local

  1. 1. Ramsey Million Partnership How to transform open spaces and local spaces Thursday 13th February 2014 Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  2. 2. Ramsey Town Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  3. 3. The Fens Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  4. 4. Green Space within Ramsey Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  5. 5. Our Vision Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  6. 6. Working towards a Community Nature/Wildlife Garden • You may ask why? Ramsey is in a rural area after all... • We also have a nationally significant environmental project on our doorstep www.greatfen.org.uk Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  7. 7. Here’s why  • Despite our Big Local area being rural, this is largely agricultural land. Footpaths and places to walk, sit and enjoy are surprisingly limited. • Our consultation identified that developing green spaces would meet a number of priorities within our community plan • Young people can get involved, receive training and learn new skills. We see this as a great intergenerational project where older people can pass on valuable skills and knowledge • We want to bring an environmental wildlife garden into the town, not only for people to enjoy but for them to get involved in its creation and long term maintenance • Families can get involved too and the project will link with preschools, nurseries, schools and community groups
  8. 8. • We would link with the Great Fen to help establish this garden. We’re acknowledging that not everyone can access the Great Fen easily, particularly if they don’t have their own transport • We want to develop a strategic relationship with a major environmental project leading to further joint working in the future
  9. 9. Support from Living Space (formerly Capacity Global) We asked for help to: • Identify and secure a site for the community nature/wildlife garden • Help with planning how to get a team of volunteers, and with identifying the training and support these volunteers would need • Plan the design and development of a green space. We envisaged this being part of an existing, underutilised park Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  10. 10. Potential Site King George V Field? Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  11. 11. Progress during 2013 • • • • • • Great Fen sample photographs prepared Andrew Ross toured potential sites We identified likely obstacles and how we may overcome them We prepared a report Local interested people came forward The Town Council raised concerns. A Councillor joined the project group • We addressed the concerns – did more research, consultation (door knocked close to green spaces) and obtained quotes • The project group and Great Fen reported back regularly to the Amenities Committee and Full Council • Late 2013 – Ramsey Town Council voted against the nature/wildlife garden  Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
  12. 12. We’re still working to achieve the ‘vision’ We’re now meeting with other local landowners Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish
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  20. 20. Thanks for listening. We look forward to updating you on progress over the coming months Jane Sills, Partnership Treasurer Josh Jenkins, Partnership Member Val Fendley, Community Development Worker Ramsey Million Partnership The Neighbourhood Office, 25 Great Whyte, Ramsey PE26 1HG Tel: 01487 814897 / 07955817137 http://ramsey.shapeyourplace.org/ramsey-million-partnership/ www.facebook.com/ramseymillion Ramsey Million Partnership – Big Local Ideas for Ramsey Parish

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