Volunteers get Braunston Pocket Park ready for celebration

The volunteers at Braunston Pocket Park
The volunteers at Braunston Pocket Park

It was all hands to the pump on Saturday as a team of people got Braunston’s pocket park ready for a celebration.

A group of 16 people, including young children and teenagers, worked on the Jetty Field in the village to help spruce it up ahead of a celebration event being held on Saturday, May 16. The group dug, weeded, pruned and tidied to get the park looking its best.

The volunteers at Braunston Pocket Park

The volunteers at Braunston Pocket Park

Zara Corbin, chairman of the Friends of Braunston Pocket Park, said: “We having working parties every couple of months but this one was special and we invited the community from the village along to help.

“It’s special because on May 16 we’re having a big event on the field to celebrate us getting a grant from the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, and to celebrate the work that helped us do.

“On Saturday we had people maintaining borders, clearing the ground, we dug a new bed that we’re going to plant up. The younger children helped by picking up sticks in the copse where we’ll be having a treasure hunt on the picnic day. And the cow parsley has grown all other the place so we were cutting that back as well.”

The Friends were given a grant for £2,885 from NCC Small Grants administered by the Community Foundation for improvements to the park and its plantlife.

Zara said: “We used the grant to put up fencing to keep animals out from the neighbouring farmland.

“We also made the park wheelchair and pushchair accessible – we felt access to the park wasn’t as good as it could be and we wanted the whole community to be able to come and enjoy it.

“The event on May 16 is to celebrate the work we’ve done and show it to the community. We’d love people to come along from 2pm to have picnics on the field and then enjoy the activities we’ve got organised.”

The picnic will have a treasure hunt for children, facepainting, boules lessons from the Braunston Twinning Association, kite making, 30ft inflatables, stalls, games and more.

Zara said: “We’ve invited people from across the village to come along and put on activities, so it should be a really good community event for everyone to enjoy.”