Field Lane Gateway, Rastrick
This was an open area of mown grass at the entrance to the Field Lane Estate. Local residents and school children used it often as a short cut but it was unattractive, uninspiring and encouraged anti-social behaviour around the derelict telephone box and nuisance ball games for surrounding houses.
Local residents, Pennine Housing 2000 and Newground Landscape Services undertook consultation and fundraising using costed sketch plans and applied for funding. The funding applications included capital works and an intensive programme of training opportunities for local people in stone wall building, metal work and horticulture.
The transformed site was opened in May 2015 with surfaced paths, welcoming stone wall features with seating, raised beds, a small community garden, trees, wildflowers, colourful perennials, herbs and shrubs. There are picnic benches and informal play spaces so that all ages can get together. The offending telephone box has also been removed and an attractive metal work sign made by the local college students put in its place.