Beautiful wild flower meadows, a bee garden, sporting pavilions and a cafe are just some of the attractions currently making Hucknall residents proud of their park.
It’s taken 10 years of toil to transform the town’s Titchfield Park into a welcoming place the whole community can enjoy.
It is all down to the terrific partnership formed when Ashfield Council enlisted the help of volunteers to form a ‘Friends’ group that have helped take the facility forward and make it a jewel in the area’s crown.
“The park is completely regenerated from a decade ago when buildings were being set on fire, the play equipment was poor, there was no sports pavilion or cafe and in general it just wasn’t a place people wanted to go,” said Friends treasurer Betty Kujawinski. “It was a complete no-go area.
“But now it is an extremely well attended facility, full of families and it is a real pleasure to see it so well used by the community.”
The park now boasts of a bee garden which has been adopted by the WI group who maintain and care for the area and plant it to to attract bees as part of their wildlife project.
And the wild flower meadow is attracting a great response from visitors.
“I walked through the park the other Sunday morning and saw a beautiful sight of wild flowers,” said Butler’s Hill resident Carol Ahern. “I’ve been all over the world but never seen anything so lovely. It reminded me of a Monet painting.Whoever did it, deserves a medal.
“People pull Hucknall down but they should go to the park and see what I saw and they will change their minds.”
The Friends have been able to seek funding for improvements over the years which have included the addition of the skatepark and improved play area, the cricket and sports buildings as well as security fencing and new signage.
“It has been a lot of hard work by many people including the council maintenance workers, Mark Longmate and Andy Fell, as well as landscape architect, Lee Sycamore who make some of our ideas come to life,” said Betty who joined the group in 2005. “I’d like to thank them for their efforts and the volunteers and would welcome more people to join the team.”
Portfolio holder for environment at Ashfield Council, Coun Andrew Davidson said: “The council is very pleased to note the recent positive feedback for the park, in particular the meadow areas have proved very popular with the public.These areas will be cut in early September in order to produce a similar display next year.
“Further improvement works are due to start in the autumn when path resurfacing works and installation of new seats will be undertaken. The improvements are part of the council’s ongoing commitment to providing high quality parks and open space for our communities to enjoy.”
The next meeting of the Friends of Titchfield Park will be their AGM on 16th September at 6.30pm at the park’s cricket pavilion.Everybody welcome.