Branded eyesore transforms into new park

By Nigel Slater 13/04 Updated: 13/04 10:39

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AN UNLOVED and derelict piece of land branded an eyesore has been transformed into a brand new park and play area.

Bengeworth's Jubilee Gardens Park, off Coronation Street, officially opened on Thursday (April 5) and features improved open space with landscaping, picnic tables and play areas including tyre seats, swings, balance beams and a slide.

The land's £70,000 revamp was carried out in a partnership between Wychavon District Council, the Opportunity Vale of Evesham project and Rooftop Housing Group after it was used as wasteland.

Designs were created in consultation with Bengeworth residents after proposals for the park received huge support. Plans are now being made to establish a Friends Group to support the future of the park.

To mark the transformation, more than a hundred pupils from Bengeworth First School entered a competition to come up with ideas for the park's name.

Year One pupil Jessica Middleton's proposal of Jubilee Gardens was crowned the winner and the name has been carved onto a wooden archway entrance.

Rachel Lathan, board member at Rooftop Housing, said it was good to see the land return to life and be put to good use.

"It is wonderful to see what was an under-used piece of land turned into an oasis for local residents," she said. "The park provides a safe and stimulating area for children to play and an area for all to use and enjoy the outdoors.

"Schemes like this are important to the community and would not be possible without the support of the Opportunity Vale of Evesham Project and Wychavon District Council."

Wychavon District councillor for Bengeworth Emma Stokes added: "Good quality parks and play areas are important to the quality of life in our communities and in these difficult financial times we remain committed to these services.

"I am therefore delighted that we have been able to work with Rooftop and Opportunity Vale of Evesham to improve local facilities within Bengeworth. The Jubilee Park name is so appropriate and helps to add to Coronation Street's royal links."

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