Selby District Council owns the arable field, and they have agreed to lease the land for 25 years, so residents can enjoy the green which when completed will include a pond, a wildflower meadow, outdoor seating, native hedgerows, trees and surfaced path.
A local resident group called Chapel Haddlesey Doorstep Green Group came up with the idea develop the land and approached the Countryside Agency, who advised them to contact Groundwork Selby.
Groundwork Selby has been responsible for a number of community based environmental projects in the Selby District including the Selby Canal project. This project provided better access, improved facilities for anglers and brought artwork to the area from local schools.
Lindsay Whyte form Groundwork Selby explained:
"Groundwork's aim is to get people involved actively caring for their local environment. More than a dozen projects are benefiting from the Community Environment Programme in the area.
One of Groundwork's tasks is to find funding for the projects. The Chapel Haddlesey project has been funded by the Countryside Agency Door Step Green initiative, landfill tax credit from British Energy (Eggborough Power station) and from Leader Plus. Selby District Council has leased the land free of charge, which is wonderful. "
Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Chair of Selby District Council's Environmental Board commented:
"Selby District Council is happy to be involved in this project. The redevelopment of this land into a community green space is a wonderful idea. It truly is for the residents of Chapel Haddlesey, it was their idea and with the help of Groundwork Selby the idea has become a reality"
Groundwork Selby can help communities develop their project ideas, and help them identify and secure sources for funding. For further information please contact Lindsay Whyte on 01757 703758.