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Stafford Orchard - Timeline

The project to refurbish Stafford Orchard is complete. We retain the information below as a brief record of how the project was initiated and how it progressed over the years.


Background
A team of Councillors and community volunteers sponsored by the Parish Council started a project in January 2006 to refurbish Stafford Orchard for Quorn Village. The team eventually succeeded in securing a National Lottery ‘Parks for People’ grant for £645,500 and partnership funding of another £160,000.

The project has:

  • revitalised the somewhat faded and underused public park in the heart of the village
  • increased and broadened use of the park; made it more welcoming by improving the entrances, access and boundaries; provided better public amenities
  • made people feel safe there
  • employed a groundsman to look after the park
  • involved volunteers in all aspects of the park’s management, maintenance, use and development; appointed volunteer park wardens
  • enhanced biodiversity and natural habitat (particularly in the brook area); provided a sensory garden and peaceful area; planted new trees and shrubs; adopted organic horticulture and sustainable practices and policies
  • united the brook area (the old Swyne Green) and Stafford lands
  • provided information and interpretation of the history, heritage and archaeology of the park and the surrounding area
  • provided new infrastructure: soft and hard recreational areas; a young children’s playground; youth facilities; a level grassed space for games; a performance space; seating; waterside play, picnic and family areas by the brook
  • applied for a Green Flag award

This was a community project, developed by the village team in consultation with local people, with the full support of Quorn Parish Council and Charnwood Borough Council.

Stafford Orchard Newsletters

These were published throughout the park's development period to keep people in touch with what was happening, and they also appeared in the quarterly Quorndon Magazine:

Stafford Orchard News
Issue 6 - Spring 2011

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Stafford Orchard Newsletter
Issue 5 - Winter 2010

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Stafford Orchard Newsletter
Issue 4 - May 2010

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Stafford Orchard Newsletter
Issue 3 - March 2010

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Stafford Orchard Newsletter
Issue 2 - November 2009
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Stafford Orchard Newsletter
Issue 1 - June 2009
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Timetable - Key Dates

  January 2006  Initial approach by Parish Council to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
    May 2006   Pre-application documentation submitted to HLF
    November 2006   Pre-application process completed
    March 2007   Stage one application submitted to HLF
    September 2007   Stage one pass and project development grant awarded by HLF
    June 2008   Planning Application submitted to Charnwood Borough Council (CBC)
    September 2008   Stage two application submitted to HLF
    April 2009   Final decision from HLF - Award of grant of £645,500
    August 2009   Purchase of Swyne Green land
Acquisition of lease on Station Road entrance area
    January 2010   Tree work in Stafford Orchard and Swyne Green
    March 2010   Appointment of contractor for landscape and building works
    May Day 2010   Tree carving (Sunday 2nd May)
    May 2010 onwards   Work Starts:
- site clearance and fencing off
- leveling and landscaping
- installation of new play equipment
- improvement of entrances, boundaries and paths
- refurbishment of Station Road entrance area and Park Services Building (inc toilets)
- refurbishment of the old listed Lock-up
- new park furniture (seats, benches, tables, bins, information boards, artwork)
    October 2010   Volunteer planting of sensory garden and bulbs
    November 2010   Landscaping works complete - park re-opens
    November 2010   New tree and shrub planting
    March 2011   Building works complete - mods and defects period starts
    May 2011   Official opening of park - May Day
    April 2012   Mods and defects period ends - Project Complete

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