Orchard will be a fitting war memorial in Grantham park
A project to create a commemorative orchard in the middle of Grantham is being supported by crowdfunding.
The Heroes Commemorative Orchard will be made up of 75 trees to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe and the part played by the district inD-Day and Arnhem.
Wyndham Park Forum has started fund-raising through a new CrowdfundSK projectwith two months to reach its target. Pledges are a minimum of £2 and these will not be redeemed until the total is reached.
The planting of the trees is scheduled for the end of February, beginning of March. The trees are mainly heritage fruit species which will be planted on land next to the play area in Wyndham Park and leased to South Kesteven District Council by the National Trust.
Wyndham Park Forum said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to create something really special forthe future within this lovely area of Grantham.
“Wyndham Park has deep military significance through historic links with the Machine Gun Corps and our First World War Memorial Park status, and the concept of an adjoining aviation commemoration seems very appropriate.
“The timing of this is extremely significant, marking key aviation milestones within not only Grantham but the district and the chance to combine that with the creation of an amazing community facility is pretty unusual.
“We are hoping to create a sense of ownership through people’s pledges. The longer term maintenance and tree care will be carried out by our volunteers, who are really keen at the idea of another project to tackle and inviting people to join them.”
South Kesteven District Council has teamed up with national crowdfunding platform Spacehive to create CrowdfundSK, an initiative that gives groups and individuals with project ideas the ability to attract funding from the community, council, businesses and foundations through one portal.
The aim is to provide a springboard for project ideas to attract the funding they need more easily and enable everyone who cares about the area to get involved and contribute.
Coun Dr Peter Moseley, SKDC cabinet member for commercial and operations, said: “This will stand out for many years to come.
“It is particularly pertinent as we have distinct ties to the aviation community during the wars. It’s great that communities are getting together to use CrowdfundSK. Communities can get engaged in aproject and people get to feel they own it.”
For more details or to make a pledge go to www.spacehive.com/heroes-commemorative-orchard
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