25. Green Skills at Five Springs
Theme: Community engagement and participation
- Increase public access to and involvement in the river
Groundwork ran a Green Skills employment training course in autumn 2016 to improve the March Farm entrance to Leagrave Park at the area known as Five Springs.
The practical work helped achieve some of the aspirations of the Audience Development and Access Plan for Leagrave Park (April 2009). Through the project, the volunteers:
- Removed the existing fencing separating Five Springs car park from Leagrave Park.
- Cleared the brambles and other vegetation that covers and surrounds the existing fencing.
- Installed new robust yet attractive post and rail fencing which better suits the landscape of the park, with an entrance leading to Waulud's Bank and an entrance to the park leading onto the footpath to the Spinney.
- Improved several of the existing desire lines leading into the park, turning them into more formal paths with bark chip surface and timber edging. (The main entrance from the car park into the park remains as a gap in the fence, wide enough for push chairs and wheelchairs to fit through.)
- Installed a new pathway over the particularly boggy footpath that leads from the Source of the River Lea to Sundon Park Road and runs parallel to Rotten Corner. The pathway was made from crushed stone and crushed granite and is wide enough for push-chairs and wheelchairs.
Read the news story about this project.