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Coventry Neighbours Go Down To The Woods

A community woodland will be opened in Coventry this Saturday when the finishing touches are made to a piece of former derelict land.

Children from Canley will be finishing improvements to the Henry Parkes Community Woodland on land behind Queen Margaret’s Road and celebrating with a barbeque, face painting and circus skills.

This final session marks a year of hard work by the residents of Canley.

They have transformed their local woodland by designing and making improvements to make the area safer, more accessible and more fun for everyone.

The children of the area have had most input and have spent hours making woodland mobiles, wind chimes and sculpture artwork that will be installed during the day.

The work was made possible by a partnership between Groundwork Coventry, Area Co-ordination and Area Regeneration at the City Council.

The project was supported by Jaguar and funding was also given by Barclays, BT and National Grid.

Debbie Frost, Canley resident and former president of Heart of Canley Residents Association, who came up with the original idea for the project, said:

"This is probably the best thing that has happened in Canley.

“The woodland will be available to both young and old people and hopefully it will be a meeting place for the summer months to come.”

Claire Bullen, Community Project Officer for Groundwork Coventry added:

“It's hard work planting 300 meadow flowers. It's lucky that lots of kids will help so that I can get some time to try some unicycling too!"

It is the second community project to come to fruition in the Canley area in recent weeks, after the Community Centre in Prior Deram Walk was refurbished.


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