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Improvements to Croyland Gardens

Published Friday, 12 February 2021

The Borough Council of Wellingborough has commissioned contractors to carry out Phase 2 works on a number of improvements to Croyland Gardens.

This is as a result of a review of Wellingborough Town Centre in 2018, which identified potential areas that could be enhanced to create a well-connected, green town centre.

The focus of this project is to improve the quality of the area and increase its use, in line with the town centre vision to connect the town centre with the gardens.

Phase 1 works were completed in November 2020, which involved clearing of the overgrown vegetation, crown lifting trees, removal of weeds at the edge of Croyland Gardens and repairs to some pathways. This has improved the view over the park and is also intended to reduce anti-social behaviour in this area.

Phase 2 The following works are due to commence 15 February 2021, lasting for approximately twelve weeks (subject to any further COVID restrictions):

Area 1 – Zoo park play area

  • Install tarmac path leading from the new entrance being created to the zoo park in the Tithe Barn project.
  • Add additional play equipment and relocate some of the current equipment.
  • Install safety surfacing under the play equipment.
  • Add a seating area with new benches.
  • Plant three new trees in different areas of the gardens.

Area 2 – Five Wells

  • Install tarmac path to leading to the five wells.
  • Replant the five wells and create a sensory garden incorporating six stone animal sculptures being carved by Moulton College Stone Masonry Department as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project.
  • Extend the path around the five wells and add benches to create seating area.

Area 3 – Area near the brook toward Doddington Road

  • Create a path leading from the area where the stone bench was installed to create an entrance to this area.
  • Install sleeper steps on the steep area leading on to a path made of aggregate resin
  • Install wooden trim trail play equipment.
  • Install picnic benches to create a picnic area in the gardens.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Griffiths, said: “I’m proud that we are continuing to invest in and improve the quality of the parks and play areas in Wellingborough.

I’m sure that Croyland Gardens will be a popular facility improving the fitness and wellbeing of those using it. The importance of access to good quality open space is particularly important in these challenging times.”

The funding for this scheme has been secured through the council’s own capital funding programme.

For any further information about this scheme please email projects@wellingborough.gov.uk