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Project Update July 2015

We’ve had a busy few weeks with public consultation taking place in early July and lots of work going on behind the scenes.

Thanks to everyone that came along to the consultation events recently or responded to the restoration ideas online. It was great to meet so many of you and to discuss the ideas in lots of detail. If you would like to find out what other people told us, please visit our website and view the July consultation summary:  We will now use this information to refine the ideas and will be back in the parks to share more detailed proposals soon.

We are meeting with the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People team shortly to find out what they think about the ideas for the parks – we will let you know how it goes in due course! We are still working towards submitting our round 2 funding bid to HLF in February 2016.

Volunteers have continued to help with the project, carrying out observational surveys, taking part in archaeological digs and looking through archives for interesting stories about the parks.

In the meantime - and as part of the HLF-funded Up on the Downs summer festival - there will be a Farm & Forest Day taking place in Russell Gardens on Friday 7 August from 10am to 4pm. Come along to meet a local sheep farmer and her sheep, see vintage farm vehicles, peruse farmers market stalls, take part in Forest School activities, help to knit bunting and watch model boats on the ornamental pond! We’re expecting a busy day and parking is limited so please walk, cycle or take public transport if you can.

We will continue to keep you up to date with progress on the project but if you have any questions in the meantime please get in touch.

. Keep-me-posted.