The University of Nottingham is sponsoring an enhancement of the Lenton Recreation Ground, for members of the local community to enjoy.
The year-long sponsorship, in support of Nottingham in Bloom, will see a number of projects at the park, including the creation of a new flowerbed. Students and members of the community will plant 3,000 bluebells, at the sponsorship launch on Thursday 17 April.
Melanie Futer, Manager Off-Campus Student Affairs for The University said: "Lenton Recreation Ground is a real community park that is enjoyed by young families, the elderly and students alike. The Lenton Community festival was held there last year and is also home to a thriving bowls league, as well as a recently-installed basketball area where students and local young people can play together.”
Melanie, who was recently named Community Champion by the residents of Lenton and Dunkirk, will be joined by the University's Registrar, Dr Paul Greatrix, who will plant a new native tree to mark the occasion.
"We're hoping for a really good turnout to the launch,” Melanie said. “There is a lot of pride in the fact that the Recreation Ground is a Green Flag award-winning park and our hope is that by enhancing it still further we can encourage more people to use the park this summer and in the years to come."
Councillor Malcolm Wood, Chair of the Nottingham in Bloom Working Group, said: “This new sponsorship will bring benefits specifically to the people of Lenton, who live alongside many of the University's students and who enjoy the park all year round.”
The launch event, runs from 2.00pm —3.30pm at the Lenton Recreation Ground.
Photographers are welcome, but are advised to arrive early.
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: The University has won several awards for its landscaping, including a British Association of Landscape Industries Award, a Civic Trust Award, Britain in Bloom Public Park Award and several awards from the local Nottingham in Bloom Competition. The University has received a Green Flag Award for University Park, every year from 2003 and remains the only University to have achieved this.
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