Chocs away for new Bournville garden

DETERMINED residents are planning to help Weston's Bournville estate live up to its chocolatey name with an ambitious revamp of a

DETERMINED residents are planning to help Weston's Bournville estate live up to its chocolatey name with an ambitious revamp of a derelict piece of land.The Bournville Area Tenants' Association has launched plans to turn a large run-down area of the estate into a 'serenity garden' themed on chocolate.The residents behind the sugary scheme have taken inspiration from the estate's history, which was named after Cadbury's famous plain chocolate bar.The group has chosen an area behind the shops and maisonettes in Lonsdale Avenue to regenerate. At the moment it is often used as a fly-tipping spot and a rat-run for yobs but the residents are hoping to create quiet seating areas, a play area, a wild flower meadow and a small climbing wall for youngsters.They want the whole park to be themed on chocolate, by integrating the tasty brown stuff as much as possible into the design. For example, it has been suggested to put images of chocolate bars alongside the paths which will meander through the park.Before World War Two, Cadbury's owned the land which the estate was built on and it planned to build a chocolate factory there. But after the war the company pulled out of the plans and sold the land to the council, which built a housing estate and named it Bournville in tribute.The 'chocolate park' is only at the initial planning stages at the moment and the tenants association wants to get as many people involved in developing the idea as possible.The scheme came about after the members of the association, supported by North Somerset Housing and the South Ward Neighbourhood Management Partnership, attended a three-day training course in regenerating areas of housing estates called Spaces By Design.The course, held in Manchester, helps groups learn design skills to create community spaces or play areas in public areas which have become run-down and attract problems.Anyone who wants to get involved should attend the association's next meeting at the For All Healthy Living Centre in Lonsdale Avenue at 6pm on Monday. For more details call Vicki at North Somerset Housing on 01934 523827.


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