As well as routine maintenance we also seek to improve the Garden for future generations of residents.
Completed Projects 2022
SOUTH GARDEN PHASE 1
In May the Committee was finally able to secure the funds to go ahead with the play area. Our contractors, All Seasons, started on May 10th. The ground works and new safety surface (a hybrid lawn) were completed by June 10th. Although it is recommended to allow two months for the grass to establish itself and grow through the matting, we opened half the play area in mid July to allow children to play during the hot summer weather.
The train was renovated and re-installed on new footings, hopscotch and a new path was laid and hard landscaping completed in preparation for new benches. The bespoke climbing frame was installed in mid September. The whole area was then inspected to ensure it met health and safety standards. The new play area was fully opened at the end of September.
The Committee has made a short list of possible benches
to sit within the new shrubbery that will separate the climbing frame from the main garden area. A decision on these will be made based on the available budget with the aim of getting them installed before the Summer.
In the coming year we will focus our attention on the second phase of this project, the area around the substation
SOUTH GARDEN PHASE 2
This stage will focus on the area around the substation
The Portman estate are kindly liaising on our behalf with UKPN (UK Power Networks) to improve the condition of the substation and the paved area around it. The exact costs are not yet known but a rough estimate…….
The work we would like to do would transform the environment at the south end of the garden. These works include:
Lowering the other walls around the substation and adding Portland stone seating to them
Herringbone brick paving on 3 sides around the substation
Dress the substation facade to create a pavilion with a central urn or sculpture as a focal point with planters either side.
Repave the entrance way with Portland stone slabs and edges.
Upgrade the gravel paths around the perimeter of the substation
Renovate the south lawn.