Bulwell MP vows to continue Hoewood scheme

Hopes to transform a derelict piece of land in an area of Bulwell into more of a local amenity have been dealt a blow.

But people wanting to progress the proposals at Hoewood Road say they will continue the work to turn it into a park area for the benefit of the community.

The national Grow Wild project is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and is led by the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

The aim of the initiative is to bring people and communities together to sow UK native wild flowers.

An application had been made for support for Hoewood from the Grow Wild scheme but the submission has been turned down.

But it was not selected as one of the final five projects to go through to a Public vote for funding.

In an email to Bulwell MP Graham Allen, Eddie Curry, head of parks and open spaces at Nottingham City Council, said that it may have been turned down because it was not a high profile city centre location, and there were possible plans for industrial units nearby.

Mr Allen said: “This setback will just make me and the local community even more determined to make this piece of derelict land into a beautiful amenity for Bulwell.

“It has been a scar on our landscape for too long and we are determined to restore local pride in our area,”

And he added: “This battle is not over yet.”

Speaking to the Dispatch, Mr Curry said that although the news was a disappointment, he would still be working with Grow Wild, and other partners, to get the work carried out at some point in the future.

He said that the project had developed a “great working relationship” with Kew and he was sure that ways could be found to continue working with them.

Bill Blackamore, a well-known community activist, said that he welcomed anything that would approve the appearance of the site, which was once part of a council waste site.

He said: “It’s a lovely open space there so anything that could be done to make it into more of an amenity is to be welcomed.

“I don’t think they can build there because of what was there before so if they can make it something that adds to the eco community is excellent.”