Over the past 18 months, Rosgal has been refurbishing Parsonage Pocket Park in Withington, Manchester, alongside the Withington Neighborhood Team, MCC Highways, Withington Councillors, St Pauls PTA, and The Withington Regeneration Partnership.
The project was instigated by the residents of Withington who applied for funding through the Government Pocket Park grant scheme with the vision of refurbishing a rundown and neglected space into a community green asset.
The park has been completely relandscaped (including mobility access) and it will be supported by MCC’s Grounds Maintenance Team along with Britain in Bloom. It was also planted up by a new friends group (Freinds of Parsonage Pocket Park).
Local schools are planning to visit for lessons on biodiversity and they are designing bird houses and bat boxes. The park also acts as a great spot for parents and guardians to catch up after school and there are even plans for the park to join the pop-up library trail.
The pupils of St Paul’s Primary School have been asked to design a sculpture that will soon be added to the park and Burton Brewery is currently experimenting by growing hops on the site to create a Withington Pale Ale.
Comments and praise from local residents have been amazing, and Britain in Bloom’s judging results will be announced in November.