Two years ago the Fegg Hayes Residents Association originally explored the possibility of setting up a growing field project at a location on Oxford Road in Fegg Hayes, by the existing allotment site.
It will be a community growing area and community meeting place that will hopefully be run by Sylvester Community Trust. They are currently awaiting news that they will be granted a long term land lease as the land belongs to Stoke on Trent City Council
The group will have the full support of the Stoke North Big Local (SNBL), who have £1million to spend on community development projects in the Chell, Chell Heath & Fegg Hayes area (the SNBL includes sustainable community greenspace projects such as this one.)
The Sylvester Community Trust applied and were successful in a funding bid for £49,816.50 for the proposed project, from the Stoke on Trent City Council Community Fund. This was a great boost for the group who have carried out numerous consultations within the community of Fegg Hayes over the last 2 years.
The Stoke North Big Local has already paid landscape architect fees, so that local residents can see the proposed plan.
Project Landscape Plan below:-
The FHRA held a Growing Field Consultation’ event on Weds 7.6.17 at the Hub ST6 (community facility) where 17 people attended, 1,200 leaflets were posted in the Fegg Hayes area, to advertise the consultation with very positive feedback from the community, as part of their regular public community meeting. The project was presented to the attendees and there was a unanimous support for the proposals. Also a consultation was carried out at the Fegg Hayes community event on 22.7.17, showing an overwhelming support of the proposed project.
Community benefits & Outcomes:-
- People/community engagement
- Health related activities
- Green educational positives
- Partnership recruitment
- Community axis base for activities
- Greenspace initiatives (food growing, incredible edibles, 29 people waiting list for neighbouring allotments plots
- Community events base
- Outdoor Forest Play schemes
(Sylvester Community Trust. Charity number 1180581)