Park to tackle social isolation within elderly

Phil Townend and Rod Mellor with Dec-The-Rec at Beech recreation Ground in Sowerby Bridge.

Phil Townend and Rod Mellor with Dec-The-Rec at Beech recreation Ground in Sowerby Bridge.

Thousands of pounds could be spent on a Sowerby Bridge sensory garden to help tackle the growing social isolation issue amongst our elderly.

Environmental charity, Groundwork, has announced it will unlock a £10,000 ‘treasure chest’ in their X Marks the Spot campaign - encouraging people to celebrate treasured spaces in their community for the benefit of people’s health and wellbeing.

But to release the cash, the community must do some fundraising. For every £1 raised, Groundwork will match fund this by £2; up to a maximum of £5,000.

Beech Road Recreation Ground park was developed by a group of local residents known as ‘Dec-the-Rec’ in 2009. But there is an ‘underused’ area which has been identified by the group as a site for adults and the elderly with intergenerational benefits.

Raised money will fund a sensory garden with curved wooden seating, a pergola and all-year-round scented tactile planting.

Dec-the-Rec chair Phil Townend and member Rod Mellor, pictured, said they hope the area will be used socially by older local people.

The chair said the group will run a family day in September with traditional games and food to help raise money in the Groundwork match funding scheme.

Groundworks executive director, Adrian Curtis, said: “We’re supporting these regeneration projects because we know green spaces play a vital role in our communities.

“We think it’s urgent that everyone with interest and passion in our parks collaborate to develop new ways of working and funding this vital public service. We urge everyone to get behind this appeal.”

Donations can be made online via Groundwork’s X Marks the Spot website.




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