Work on the old Library Garden began in May 2021 to redesign the small ‘Pocket Park’ close to Sherburn and Villages Community Library and the Co-Op parade of shops in the centre of Sherburn in Elmet.
The refurbishment is thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government through the Pocket Park Plus Programme, secured by Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council in partnership with Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust and additional top-up funding from the Parish Council.
One of the stipulations of the grant funding was that the area has to then be known as the ‘Pocket Park’, hence the new name to go along with the new design.
The Pocket Park will be redesigned to make it more accessible and welcoming. It is hoped the improved area will be used by a wide range of people including residents, library visitors, and local workers to meet and enjoy the outdoors.
A resident consultation carried out in 2019 and a landscape designer from Groundwork helped to inform the plan. The work is only just beginning due to redesigns, contractor availability and then the Covid epidemic.
The design is intended to be as robust as practicably possible to deter anti-social behaviour. The revised layout includes:
- Additional seating areas
- More open space for activities
- Teasel artwork (Sherburn was the centre of English teasel growing in the 19th century)
- Litter bin
- Additional lighting
- CCTV as part of wider scheme covering nearby areas
Works will take around 6 weeks. The project will be completed by Groundwork.
Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council will maintain ownership and are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Pocket Park.