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Richmondshire community garden opens

[Monday 21 May 2007]
Richmond community garden
Richmond community garden opens

LOCAL people are being invited to the official opening of a community garden and play area in Richmond.

The space has been transformed over the past few months, from a piece of unused empty land to an attractive recreational area, already proving popular with Reeth Road residents of all ages.

A special event to mark its official opening is being held at 11am on Thursday (31 May), and one lucky youngster could win the chance to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"The ideas for this space have always been generated by the people who would use it, so it's only fair one of them should open it," explains Liz Smith, Chair of Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership, which funded the work with the Local Strategic Partnership and Richmondshire District Council.

"There's been a lot of support from residents through the planning, construction and planting process, and I hope they will come along and celebrate what has been a real community achievement."

Younger children are already making use of the play equipment, installed last week. Other residents are watering the border they helped plant, whilst a youth shelter, nicknamed 'the apple', has also been added nearby.

Children attending the event will be offered the chance to put their name into a hat to win the honour of officially opening the play area and garden, alongside District Council Leader, Councillor Melva Steckles. Their name will also be included on a plaque to commemorate the event.

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