We are very pleased to have been appointed by Coleshill Town Council to prepare a master plan for some long overdue improvements to Coleshill Memorial Park. The Park is around 7.5 hectares of green space at the centre of the town, on land dedicated by the Digby family in the late 1940′s for leisure use only, in Memory of those who fought in WW2. This covenant has saved the Park from development attempts over the years and now the Council have secured funding for improvements.
Key objectives are to give the space a real ‘town park’ feel and to provide attractions and facilities which will make it a ‘must visit’ destination for local people, and significantly increase user numbers. Proposals under consideration include new play areas, with more challenging equipment for older children, and accessible to all, new sitting areas, sports facilities, trim trail or exercise equipment along new cycling/ walking/ running routes, and possibly water play. A bandstand is also being considered – an iconic feature and focal point for the park, to celebrate the incredibly successful and popular town band, and provide a venue for community and possibly formal civic events. New tree and shrub planting is proposed throughout plus improvements to existing planting, to enhance the character and structure of the Park. Features to encourage wildlife will be included, with native plant species to attract birds, butterflies and insects, wildflowers, areas of wild garden and nest boxes.
The next step in the development of the master plan will be to consult with local people to see what they would like to see happen in the park, what facilities and attractions as well as what problems they feel need to be addressed. A questionnaire will be made widely available in the local papers, at venues such as the library and town hall as well as online. Schools, current users of the Pavilion and sports pitches, neighbours and all interested community groups will also be consulted. When the work starts on site, there will also be opportunities for everyone to be involved, perhaps by planting wildflowers or trees.