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FARNBOROUGH GARDEN PROJECT GETS GRANT

Town centre developer regenerating town centre awards funds to local conservation project

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and the developer behind the redevelopment of Farnborough Town Centre, has awarded a grant to the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust to help transform the public space at Napier Gardens, Redvers Buller Road in Farnborough.

The project has been set up to improve the gardens and pond to help make the site a greener public space to be enjoyed by local people. When complete, the scheme will include features such as nature trails for children, cycle routes and a habitat loggery. It will increase the area’s overall biodiversity and encourage the local community to take advantage of this improved recreational space.

The £10,900 award from national charity, the St. Modwen Environmental Trust, will be used to buy and install picnic tables, wildflower plugs, bulbs and plants. The project will be overseen by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership and Rushmoor Borough Council, which manages the site.

Local children from St. Mark’s Primary School, together with volunteers from the community, will help with the planting and clearing the pond.

James Stockdale, development manager at St. Modwen, said: “The St. Modwen Environmental Trust was set up to give something back to the communities in which we develop. To qualify for funds, projects must demonstrate that they are seeking to improve the local environment and benefit people in the borough. The Napier Garden Project is doing just that and we are delighted to help get this initiative off the ground.”

Dave Pilkington, chairman of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust, said: “The main objective of the Countryside Trust is to facilitate projects like this. We are grateful to St. Modwen and Rushmoor Borough Council for their generosity and support and we look forward to the transformation of the gardens so that the residents may start to enjoy this improved green space in their community.”