BRAMCOTE UNITY PARK
Uniting Land, Ownership & Community
Bramcote Unity Park is a project intended to unite various parcels of land together in terms of ownership, management, funding & master-planning to create a public park using private money.
The purchase of the final piece of the jigsaw within Bramcote Ridge means 7 acres of land will be donated for public use, with over £1m invested & over 1072 new trees planted. A very small portion will be developed into residential housing adjacent to existing housing, adding 11 new highly efficient & expertly finished homes.
THE PARK PLAN
The Bramcote Honey & Pollination Project intends to allow volunteer bee-keepers to care for and harvest honey using local pollen. With the bee population in decline and are now declared an endangered species, we will be constructing a dedicated apiary containing four of the highest quality bee hives. Cleanly and securely housed, surrounded by appropriate security fencing allowing our volunteers to collect honey. We intend for the honey to be sold in the local independent Bramcote Lane shops, putting local honey on your toast whilst proceeds will help with the upkeep of the Park. The population of bees in an urban setting will be a huge benefit to the local eco-system. Buying honey made from local pollen can strengthen a person's immune system and reduce pollen allergy symptoms, too.
The importance of trees needs no introduction. They help us breathe, remove carbon dioxide from the air and carry it into the soil, purifying the air whilst cooling urban areas by as much as 2 degrees.
Taking advice from the Woodland Trust and specialist consultants, utilising our in-depth tree survey, we have identified that we can plant an additional 1072 trees of native species. Only two existing trees need removing, allowing what should be there, to thrive. This will achieve one of the biggest single urban plantation schemes in recent times.
The existence of a large quantity of giant Japanese Knotweed & variegated yellow-archangel is currently dominating a large portion of the site; our intention is to use a specialist company to move this as soon as work commences, ceasing this relentless plant from taking over more of the woodland and spreading to the Nature Reserve.
Having improved the bio-diversity, wildlife and reforestation, you'll need somewhere to sit and enjoy it all. We will be installing park benches & viewing points across the parkland allowing you to take a well earned rest.
The newly formed pathways add another 1.2km allowing you to link with walks onto other land within the Bramcote Unity Park with exciting things to see along the way. We will be providing many improvements including bird hides, bee-keeping area, an area for early-years outdoor education classes & picnic spots, woodland play areas, appropriate signage, defibrillator point and last but not least, bins. There are significant benefits to mental health from being outdoors, this new park provides more reasons to get outside.
The new car-park and zebra crossing just off Thoresby Road will allow those wishing to drive to the park a place to park securely, cross safely and enjoy a wonderful walk in the woods.
Whilst the bees will be working hard pollinating the local gardens, we will be including many ecological improvements to the entire park to encourage the maximum diversity of urban wildlife we can possibly sustain. To name but a few, we will be building nine wildlife and habitat ponds on the site (where none currently exist) to encourage invertebrates to live, birds to drink and encourage insects. We will be implementing bat box schemes across the network of trees, too. Insect log-stacks will be added across the site which will come following our tree management & maintenance programme encouraging all manner of wild insects and mammals to have a place to thrive. Our ecological survey has identified a paucity of wildlife across the site and this can, and will, be vastly improved.
LET'S MAKE IT WORK
HOW THIS IS FUNDED
Many stakeholders have been brought together to promote this opportunity to unify four pieces of land under multiple ownerships to create a fully funded, master-planned public park using private money from the construction of 11 houses. To make this happen, over £1 million will be invested in this park scheme, including employing the services of parkland architects, ecologists, tree experts, invasive species experts, land owners, residents, volunteers and advisory bodies. The extra parcel of land will be donated into public ownership as detailed below.
The promoters and applicants of this vision are Bramcote Unity Park Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Ltd, which will be registered should planning permission be granted. We are incorporated to achieve the objective of the creation of the Bramcote Unity Park. Through the combination of companies house and adhering to the charity commissions rules, openness and transparency is achieved. We are in the process of forming our elected and appointed board, both at Executive and Non-Executive level, and would be delighted to receive emails of interest of any interested parties who would like to join us.
The land on which the 11 houses will sit, in a small percentage of the 11 acres of currently private land, will fund the £1m+ investment into the creation of this park and a construction partner will be identified if planning is obtained.
INVESTMENT & LONG-TERM STEWARDSHIP
The money obtained from the enabling development will not only fund the capital investement for the creation of the facilities within the park, but also a £100,000 ongoing fund invested at the outset to allow for ongoing maintenance of the park. With diligent management of this money, grant aid moving forward & involvement of the community, this park will thrive long into the future for all residents to enjoy. We are so proud to be part of protecting green space for future generations to come.
To be part of this exciting project, fill in the enquiry form on the contact page. Positions we will be looking to fill are within the following fields, the list is not exhaustive but will include:
- Financial expertise
- Executive & Non-executive roles
- General volunteers
To enable the creation of the Park and it's many projects, the construction of 11 family homes will need to take place. These houses are to be built with the ecology & environment in mind and be most sensitive to their new parkland surroundings.
Two areas for this small development have been identified & shown on the Master Plan:
1) An area behind existing residential dwellings at the top of
Sandy Lane for two houses.
2) An area to the North of the site, lying at the lowest level, immediately adjacent to existing housing.
The main body of the currently privately owned land will be handed into the CIO company meaning this space will be fully-funded for public use, forever. This land is the missing piece of the jigsaw to unite and create a flowing Unity parkland for all to enjoy.
Should planning permission be granted, the building plots will be developed to further fund the project.