Youngster's idea for garden blooms into new community project

May 7, 2009 9:27 AM

A schoolgirl's idea to turn a disused piece of land into a library garden has bloomed into an exciting new project which has inspired the community

Lucy King, 11, and her nine-year-old sister, Rosie, have been regular visitors to Cambridge's Rock Road library for many years and thought the land would make an ideal place for people to sit and read.

Morley Memorial Primary School pupil, Lucy, of Cavendish Avenue sketched ideas for her garden and sent them to city councillor Amanda Taylor.

Her plans inspired others in the area including Morley Memorial Primary School's After School Club and local residents, including a violin tutor who has a studio near the

land.

Cllr Taylor said: "I was delighted to receive Lucy's letter with her inspirational ideas. It set the ball rolling and we envisage a garden which will be a pleasant place to sit and read. It should be accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs and be a good use of the space.

"I have also heard from a number of other local residents and this will be a community project in which all ages can become involved."

Now Lucy will address a public meeting at the Rock Road library on May 14 at 7pm to share her ideas and help launch The Friends of Rock Road Library to co-ordinate the project.

It is hoped it will inspire residents to supply plants from their own gardens, roll up their sleeves and get digging and organise fund-raising. There will also be an opportunity to apply for environmental and community grants.

Lucy's father, John, said: "Lucy is a member of the school Gardening Club and keen on nature and she thought it was a shame this piece of land was not being made better use of.

"She drew some sketches of what the garden could look like, with a quiet reading area, benches in the shade and maybe a pond to attract wildlife."

Anyone interested in finding out more information should send an email to rockroadgarden@hotmail.com

Cllr Taylor added : "Thanks to all those who have already shown their support. I urge anyone else who is interested to come along on the 14th."

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