UPDATE 12 : 30 June 1999 'NATURAL PROGRESS'
Crest Homes Ltd have confirmed their generous offer of funds and services to support Phase I of the scheme, which will include the Millennium Maze and associated planting areas. Existing bracken incursions will be replaced by a) a substantial hedge of mixed native species, to be managed as a valuable additional wildlife habitat on the site; b) a grassy bank running down to the ghyll, providing a suitable area for re-establishment of wildflower species; c) individual specimen trees chosen for their attractive appearance.
Individual donations towards the planting scheme are already being received, and the Trust is also seeking supplies from the Bradford Forest Initiative. We intend to hold a community planting event in the Autumn, when anybody will be welcome to turn up and help establish a ‘greener future’ feature at Darwin Gardens. Before that, volunteers will also be welcome to a summer work-party day (date to be announced shortly) when we expect to tackle further selective clearance of pathways and undergrowth.
Ilkley Gardeners’ Association have kindly donated £30 towards the scheme from the proceeds of their recent plant auction; and a presentation of the scheme has been made to Ilkley Women’s Group, who enjoyed the chance to find out more about Darwin Gardens. A Supporter Survey questionnaire has also been prepared to help establish a network of volunteer support for the scheme, and is now available from Brian Hill or Peter Harnett (see below).
We welcome all contributors, whether as individuals, local businesses, or school and community groups to demonstrate their interest in this unique opportunity to celebrate the Millennium in Ilkley. By helping to create an inspirational, educational and recreational feature, of enduring value to both residents and visitors of all ages, we can all show our respect for Ilkley’s past history and our determination to act positively for the future of our town and its surroundings.
If you can offer assistance with: suggestions for planting or landscaping schemes; technical, artistic and organisational advice; specialist construction skills; labour, tools and materials; fund-raising; sponsorship; publicity; contacts; then please get in touch or ask for one of our supporter survey questionnaires and let us know what you would like to do for The Darwin Gardens Millennium Scheme.
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