This is an archived press release
Friday 9 July 2004
9 July 2004
NATIONAL PARK RESIDENTS GO GREEN - AND WIN AN AWARD
A Bakewell community group has restored its pond to prizewinning glory - thanks to help from the Peak District National Park Authority.
The Dagnall Memorial Millennium Group won a prestigious Greenwatch award from Derbyshire County Council for its pond scheme at Hoyle Court sheltered accommodation in Dagnall Gardens.
The group applied to the National Park Authority for help in restoring the pond from a small, leaking, weed-filled eyesore to its present pristine, environment-friendly condition.
The Authority's landscape architect Garrie Tiedeman drew up plans to expand and enhance the site, with a solar-powered waterfall, timber decking, artworks and an easy-access path open to the general public.
He also helped the residents put together a fund-raising package for the £7,000 scheme and to apply for grants. The Peak District National Park Authority gave his services free and also paid the VAT on the scheme.
Then the group's members got together to raise funds themselves, holding a sponsored line-dance, coffee mornings and more.
Garrie Tiedeman arranged the contractor, G.B.Yates, and also voluntary help from Duke of Edinburgh gold award participants, community mental health clients and the National Park's Conservation Volunteers.
The whole scheme is now a delight not only for the Hoyle Court residents, but also for two neighbouring nursing homes and surrounding houses.
The group's representatives, Hoyle Court warden Dawn Edge and her assistant Robina Keeble, were presented with the Greenwatch Central Community Award, sponsored by Tarmac, which included not only a crystal rosebowl but a cheque for £500.
Garrie Tiedeman, who was invited to perform the official opening, said: "I'm delighted that the Dagnall Memorial Millennium Group won recognition for all their hard work, supported and facilitated by the National Park Authority. They were worthy winners and can now invest their prize money in maintaining and enhancing the pond."