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Friends of Haslam Park miss out on funding for new seats from fallen trees

Posted on - 19th August, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Parks, Preston News
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The trees which were felled during the February storms

A park group are half-way to securing the funding needed to turning fallen trees into new seats for Haslam Park.

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The Friends of Haslam Park have been applying to local county councillors for £1,000 to turn two large Beech trees blown down in the February storms into new seats.

Each county councillor has a few thousand pounds they can allocate to local community projects each year.

The project would see four chunks of tree trunk turned into carved seats and sculptures for the park.

An application from the group says: “The local communities of Ashton, Tulketh, Ingol, Tanterton, Lea, Cadley and Fulwood use Haslam Park and its Local Nature Reserve.

“It is popular with people of all ages, families, dog walkers and nature lovers.

“The seats will be sited close by the bridge over Savick Brook where the formal park and the Nature Reserve meet.

“The area is a popular spot, the one seat there being occupied almost constantly by people needing to rest or who just want to sit and appreciate the lovely surroundings.”

Two county councillors, Bill Winlow and David Borrow, have approved their £250 grants to the group but former county council leader and Preston North county councillor Geoff Driver has refused to contribute.

He said the park was not in his division and does not feel it is an appropriate use of his funding.

Preston Central South county councillor Carl Crompton has yet to make a decision on whether funding of £250 from himself will be provided.

If the friends group doesn’t achieve its funding it says it is likely to have to fundraise itself to get the carving work done.

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