An urban greenspace created by the community & Drop In Centre Development Trust

WE ARE LOOKING FOR GARDENERS!

  • Belvedere Park takes time and effort to maintain. In general it requires regular weeding, mowing and hedge cutting to keep it tidy.

    A lot of the original founding members of the garden have either retired or are just unable to continue with maintaining it and we are looking for someone with a green-thumb who would be willing to help us keep the garden the way it was intended to be.

    Yes, I like to garden!

History of Belvedere Park (Click to Expand)
  • Belvedere Park (formerly The Sensory Garden Project) came to fruition when a research survey was conducted into “Improving the local area”. Belvedere Park abuts onto the rear of Thompson street estate and previously housed the Local Authority’s nursery and play group building. The building was demolished in 2003 and Residents made an approach to the Local Authority to release the area for community use. A survey was undertaken by both Residents and the local Youth Service to determine how best to utilise the space. Survey results indicated that 83% of Residents would like to see the land used for development of a public garden.

    Working Party and Design Team

    A Committee was formed in 2005 who began to conceive different ways this project would move forward, not long after, things started to take shape. With the Design team focused on creating a layout/structure for the Garden that best used the space available, the Working Party’s job was to help generate funding to build the garden. The Drop In Centre Manager at the time Eileen Moore completed a bid for a total refurbishment of the existing Castleland Community Centre opposite the Garden’s site, and managed to secure a large allocation of those funds for the garden as part of a wider regeneration effort for the area. In 2005 the Sensory Garden Project secured £37,000 from Biffaward to begin works on developing Belvedere Park followed by a further £50,000 released in 2011 to complete the works.

  • Aims

    • To engage local Residents in the regeneration of an area of wasteland into a community garden facility.
    • To work in partnership with a range of relevant organisations as necessary to ensure successful development of a community Sensory Garden.
    • To investigate options to establish the Sensory Garden Project as a community business upon project completion.
  • Objectives

    • Identification of potential funding streams to further the aims and objectives of the project.
    • Recruitment of staff, Residents and volunteers necessary for the development of project intentions.
    • Identify and establish appropriate structures and procedures to meet the needs of project delivery inclusive of monitoring and evaluation processes.
    • Engagement of relevant partners to implement planning, design and public consultation relating to project activity.
    • Identification of mechanisms for dissemination of project activity to fundholders and other relevant stakeholders