Roses set to bloom for Darwen park entrance with £5k grant from council (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Roses set to bloom for Darwen park entrance with £5k grant from council
A DARWEN park is to get an injection of colour thanks to a £5,000 grant from Darwen Town Council.
The Friends of Bold Venture Park have been successful in a bid for the cash which will be used to bring back a rose garden near the entrance to the park in Borough Road.
The cash was approved by the council’s parks committee, which has £25,000 per year to hand out to friends groups in the town every year for special projects.
The work will cost £5,900, with the friends putting in the extra £900 from their own funds.
Chairman of the Friends of Bold Venture Park Harry Duxbury said: “It was originally a rose garden but the beds had become derelict.
“About 10 years ago we went in and sorted it out and planted some perennials, but it is too difficult to manage now as there are so many flowerbeds in there. The ground had become damp and at one end was just a swamp, so we had a project to sort the drainage last year and it is pretty dry now.
“We have decided to have it redesigned with just nine flowerbeds containing roses.”
Sunnyhurst councillor Dave Smith, who is chairman of the parks committee, said: “It will be beau- tiful when people walk into the park when the rose garden is complete.”
A rose bed had flourished in the park many years ago but, due to the ground becoming too sodden, it had not been in place recently.
However, with the help of council cash last year, drainage issues at the site had been fixed to make the implementation of a rose garden possible.
At last week’s meeting of Darwen Town Council, Coun Stephanie Brookfield, who sits on the parks committee, called on parks groups to submit bids for funding.
About £15,000 still remains to be given out this year and some of the town’s park groups are yet to come forward to ask for cash grants.
Coun Brookfield said: “The money is there for groups to bid for so I would urge them to do so.
“This cash can help make a real difference to our town.”
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