Peterborough park celebrates opening of new projects

A celebration of new projects at one of Peterborough’s most beautiful parks saw volunteers and staff given the chance to explore the great outdoors.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 4:21 pm
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Chris Park, Barbara Hadoke and Paul Easthorpe opening the entrance to the new viewing gallery. EMN-190924-125202009

Nene Park Trust hosted a celebration event to mark the ongoing success of Nenescape projects across Nene Park and launched an exhibition showcasing the completed and ongoing projects in the park. The Nenescape projects already completed in the park are the Boardwalk running along the river in Bluebell Wood and ‘Bringing Nature Closer’ – the restoration of Heron and Goldie Meadows. The event also celebrated the ongoing community art project ‘Rivers of the World’, in partnership with Metal and Thames Festival Trust, and the apprentice place, also funded through the Nenescape Landscape Partnership scheme. Attendees to the celebration event on Saturday had a chance to look at the exhibition in the Wildlife Garden, offer feedback and watch a slideshow outlining the various stages of the completed projects. A ribbon was cut, to officially open one of the new viewing platforms, by Barbara Hadoke, wife of the late Terry Hadoke, a long standing trustee for Nene Park Trust and a passionate supporter of the meadow restoration project. New interpretation panels are now in place at the new viewing platforms overlooking Heron and Goldie Meadows, giving visitors more information about the project and the wildlife they are likely to see. Projects still to come to the Park as part of the Nenescape scheme are:

Walking with Romans: new Heritage trails to celebrate the Roman heritage within Nene Park and teh Castor Station Master’s cottage garden: the old garden will be restored with new planting, to encourage visitors to explore this part of Nene Park. Matthew Bradbury, CEO of Nene Park Trust said: “All of us here at Nene Park are delighted to be partners in the wonderful Nenescape Project and it has been a pleasure to show off the work of the team and especially our fantastic volunteers in delivering the Bluebell Wood boardwalk and the significant improvements in wildlife habitats a part of the Bringing Nature Closer project.” Alison Brand-Barker from Nenescape said: “It was fantastic to see all the partners of Nene Park’s fantastic Nenescape project together to celebrate the end of the first phase of the project. We have been delighted to see so many members of the public enjoying the boardwalk and viewing platforms and want to say a huge thank you to National Lottery players for supporting projects like these.”

The Nenescape exhibition is being held in the Wildlife Garden near the Visitor Centre in Ferry Meadows until November, with information available for visitors on all the Nenescape projects. For more information about these projects, go to www.nenepark.org.uk or www.nenescape.org or contact [email protected]

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Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Nene Valley archaeolical Trust members Geoffrey Donnell with Sarah and David Botfield. EMN-190924-125022009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. CEO Matthew Bradbury launches the event. EMN-190924-125033009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Rivers of the World art exhibition EMN-190924-125044009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Sam Thirlwall (9) on one of the stands EMN-190924-125055009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Rex Gibson and junior archaeologist Daniel Mulgrew (8) EMN-190924-125118009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Guests ramble in the park EMN-190924-125129009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Guests ramble in the park EMN-190924-125140009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Guests ramble in the park EMN-190924-125151009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. Chris Park and Barbara Hadoke the new viewing gallery. EMN-190924-125213009
Nenescape celebration event at Ferry Meadows. the new viewing gallery. EMN-190924-125225009