Field of dreams

Jumping with delight, Thomas Lord, 8, front, with Tom Mutton of Groundwork North Yorkshire, behind, centre left, Janet Lord and Doug Kidd, treasurer and chairman of Barrowcliff Tenants and Residents Association. 120150a Picture by Andrew Higgins
Jumping with delight, Thomas Lord, 8, front, with Tom Mutton of Groundwork North Yorkshire, behind, centre left, Janet Lord and Doug Kidd, treasurer and chairman of Barrowcliff Tenants and Residents Association. 120150a Picture by Andrew Higgins

A NEGLECTED green space in the heart of Barrowcliff will be regenerated thanks to a £100,000 grant.

The news follows a successful application from Groundwork North Yorkshire and the funding will be used to improve Jonno’s Field.

A view of Jonno's Field in Barrowcliff , which has been awarded �100,000 from Yorventure and Yorwaste Ltd's Landfill Communities Fund, for Groundwork North Yorkshire to create a naturalistic park on the neglected rough grassland in the heart of the estate. 120150b Picture by Andrew Higgins 06/01/12

A view of Jonno's Field in Barrowcliff , which has been awarded �100,000 from Yorventure and Yorwaste Ltd's Landfill Communities Fund, for Groundwork North Yorkshire to create a naturalistic park on the neglected rough grassland in the heart of the estate. 120150b Picture by Andrew Higgins 06/01/12

It has come from Yorventure and Yorwaste Ltd and marks the 15th anniversary of the Landfill Communities Fund.

Tom Mutton, Groundwork’s programme manager, said: “This is a very exciting project and will transform Jonno’s Field into an attractive urban park and wildlife oasis.

“The range of improvements proposed will provide something for everyone and will make good use of the breath-taking views up there.

“At Groundwork we are particularly impressed with the way local residents have supported this project and the whole My Barrowcliff initiative. The Yorventure Challenge Fund award is the perfect next step in delivering this ambitious action plan.”

Doug Kidd, the chairman of Barrowcliff Residents’ Association, said that everyone was delighted with the news. He added: “Jonno’s Field is right at the heart of our community in Barrowcliff and has so much potential for improvement.

“The litter picks and consultation events we carried out showed huge local support for the project and I’m really looking forward to working with residents over the coming year to make the improvements happen and turn all these wonderful ideas into a reality.”

Work on the 12-month project is expected to begin in March or April will create a natural park on the large area of neglected rough grassland.

It is a key part of the My Barrowcliff Action Plan – a regeneration strategy which was prepared last year – and the work will include improved entrances and access, add seating, create a kick about area and event space, improve paths and lighting, natural play areas, habitat management and landscaping.

A BMX track was opened at the end of last year.

The total project cost is £140,000 with match funding of £10,000 from Sanctuary Housing and bids for the remaining cash also submitted to other organisations.