New carrier bag-funded green space set to benefit local community after launch in Yaxley – Retail Times

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A community in Cambridgeshire now has a brand new green space for residents to enjoy as part of a project led by Central England Co-op (CEC) and funded by the purchase of carrier bags from its stores.

The Central England Co-op area on Bentley Avenue, Yaxley received a bespoke design featuring seating connected by a network of pathways. There are also grassy mounds and rocks to sit and play informally, as well as a raised wooden planter for community growth activities.

It is the third sustainable space to be launched as part of a £350,000 project led by Central England Co-op in partnership with charity Groundwork UK, with funding for the spaces coming from the company carry bags.

Pupils from the garden club from nearby Fourfields Community Primary School and Stretton Nursery School attended the launch event to help cut the ribbon.

They also enjoyed activities in the brand new space with the CEC Member and Community Team and fun with Groundwork East who helped them plant bulbs, paint rocks and do hunts. to the treasure.

Volunteers from local groups such as Yaxley Parish Council and Yaxley Litter Pickers also joined the party that day to participate in a planting session.

Bentley Avenue store manager Stuart Mott said he and his team were “delighted” to now have such a welcoming space for the local community outside the store.

He said: “It has been such a pleasure to launch this wonderful new space at our Bentley Avenue store welcoming young and old to enjoy this great new asset that has transformed a neighborhood that now provides a peaceful and thoughtful space for residents.

“We have a great community here at Yaxley and seeing the little gardeners at Fourfields School making the most of the space and the volunteers from some of the big local groups enjoying what has been created has really made us smile.”

Work on the area was carried out by contractors Oak Interiors, while Groundwork East helped design and create the new space, as well as lead activities with schoolchildren and local groups on launch day.

Hannah Gallimore, Social Change Manager at Central England Co-op, said: “At Central England Co-op we are committed to working with our communities to create a sustainable society for all and our project with Groundwork UK is already bringing great benefits. benefits to those chosen areas and the people who live and work there.

“The Yaxley space has been really brought to life by all the teams involved and it has been great to see the children of Fourfields School and the community benefit from what has been created and it has shown the wonderful benefits it will bring residents in the years to come. come.”

Graham Duxbury, Managing Director of Groundwork UK, said: “The results of this fantastic project will go a long way to making a difference in the local Yaxley area. We are proud that our partnership with Central England Co-op enables more people to connect with nature and improve their health and wellbeing by creating spaces that benefit the whole community.

Julia Watts, Principal Landscape Architect at Groundwork East, said: “It’s great to see the underutilized space being transformed into an asset for local residents and the nearby school into a community garden.

“Not only will the local community be able to benefit from the space, but the area has also been enhanced for biodiversity, which is a great environmental benefit through the project.”

The Yaxley sustainable space is the third launched by Central England Co-op after the first at its Dodworth food store in Yorkshire in March and the second in May in Desborough, Northamptonshire. It is hoped that a fourth space will launch later this year next to one of the Society’s funeral homes in Cambridgeshire and a fifth in the West Midlands is also in the works.

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