Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Baysgarth Park is a 30 acre site of open access parkland in the market town of Barton upon Humber. Maintained by North Lincolnshire Council it is well used by the local community for dog walking, picnics, bowling, sports and general leisure activities. It is the main open space used by local organisations for community events.

Baysgarth Park is an important part in the life of Barton residents. The park is where families take young children to the playground, as they grow young people use it to play sports from organisations like the street sport team or just to 'hang out'. It is where families attend open air theatre and music, a place to walk your dog and where older people meet to play bowls. It frames Baysgarth House the magnificent Georgian house that holds the town museum run by the volunteers of the CHAMP Development Trust. Following public consultation the group set out with a five year plan to improve access to and amenities in the park for everyone with the aim of achieving Green Flag Status.

The Friends of Baysgarth Park set up in 2016 and started to raise funds to restore the Park which had started to look a bit tired. In 2017, after successful funding applications, we were awarded £120,000 to build a new perimeter footpath 2 metres wide to DDA standard around the park. This was installed to replace the existing sections which were unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs and missing in places which limited access in poor weather conditions. The new paths cover the whole of the main park making several new areas accessible to all the public. Additional seats and litter bins were installed around the new paths. There has been a marked increase in people using the park all year round since these improvements.

In 2017 the group raised £14,000 to turn a disused bowls green into a commemoration garden for Chad Varah the founder of the Samaritans. Chad Varah was born and brought up in Barton and the group worked with The Samaritans to develop the site. Work started in late 2017 and the first phase of the garden was completed in 2018. This lovely garden ideal for contemplation and quiet reflection was opened by Chads daughter Felicity Varah in July and is already being used by a large number of people. A week after the garden opened the group were informed that on only the second application the park has been awarded Green Flag status three years earlier than we had anticipated. This fantastic news accompanied by glowing reports from the Green Flag assessors about the improvements made to the park have really spurred the group on to work even harder to restore all areas of the park.

The Friends of Baysgarth Park are now looking to raise funds to complete the garden by adding self-closing gates, a central pergola and an additional footpath to link the west entrance to the rest of the park paths. We have quotes for the pergola and gates to be made by local firms who specialise in metal work and North Lincolnshire Council has agreed to fund the work on the additional footpaths. With funds that the group has already raised from local business donations and fund raising activities we are very near the required amount of £18,286 and the AVIVA award, if we were successful will make the difference to enable the work to go ahead in early 2019.

Project Video

Friends of Baysgarth Park

We are immensely proud of the Chad Varah garden which combines a celebration of his achievements in a perfect spot for contemplation. We have received countless comments about the health and well-being benefits of this quiet place of beauty and would be delighted to add the finishing touches.

Location: Caistor Road, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 6AH, UK