What a tree-mendous year it’s been for Gedling Country Park.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, John Clarke and Councillor Kathryn Fox today planted a commemorative tree to celebrate Gedling Country Park’s first birthday.
The park, which was built on the site of the former Gedling Colliery, has attracted over 30,000 visitors during its first year.
Now the council hope to build on its success with plans for a £900,000 visitors centre, children’s play area and new toilets.
Leader of the Council, Councillor John Clarke, said: “I’m overwhelmed by the success of the first year of the park being open. We never expected it to be so popular with residents.
“This means that we will accelerate our plans for the park and we will have more facilities in place including toilets and a visitors centre which will improve the park even more. We would like to say thank you to everyone who visits the park and especially to the Friends of Group and our officers for all their hard work to help improve it and make it such a success.”
Carlton resident Paula Smith, who regularly walks her dog in the park, said residents really appreciate now having a beauty spot on their doorstep.
“We love it. I try and come up here a few times a week just to get away from it all. There was nothing for people around here before, but now we have this place why would you live anywhere else?”
If you want to have your say on future plans for the park and visitors centre, then you can take part in the survey on the council’s website: http://www.gedling.gov.uk/leisure/parksopenspaces/gedlingcountrypark/