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Friends of Lansdowne Park dig in to revamp the area

Friends of Lansdowne Park dig in to revamp the area

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FRIENDS of a community park have been busy planting to give the area a new look ready for Spring.

Trees and 2,000 bulbs have been planted in Lansdowne Park, in Ansdell,

The bulbs and trees are only the start of the park’s new look though.

The Friends of Lansdowne Park have raised more than £30,000 to bring in new equipment, more planting and to resurface the football pitch.

Tracy Morrison, chairman of the Friends of Lansdowne park, said: “Volunteers have worked tremendously hard so far and the fund-raising work continues. We raised £500 at a community fun day last year and carried on from there, so that we now have more than £30,000 to spend. We hope to add to that by making an application to the Lancashire Environment Fund, so we can really make the park fit for the 21st century.”

Last year’s fun day launched a public consultation on what improvements the community wanted to see for the park.

The resulting masterplan includes the planting, the new play equipment and resurfacing of the football pitch. Jacqui Murray, a member of the friends group, said: “Members of the community have been behind this scheme since we first organised last year’s fun day.

“The planting we have done over the last two weekends is an interim improvement – a sign of larger improvements to come.”

Thanks to cash from the Fylde Local Strategic Partnership and funding in the pipeline from Lancashire Environment Fund, the park on Lansdowne Road will be blossoming in 2013.