The grass has grown thick and tall over the pile of rubble at the entrance of Coniston Gardens. The fence keeps people off and the litter in. This space has not been used since the 2 blocks of flats were knocked down. The local residents are tired of looking at the green grass on the other side of the fence. The humps and bumps have been levelled and the litter cleared. It is the Children and Mums that are leading the way in developing a community project to regenerate the space.
On Friday the 11th Coniston Gardens waited quiet and empty, a blank page in anticipation for school to end. The ideas board was empty the sweet basket full and flowers ready to find new homes. The older residents were the first to come past they looked with nostalgia at the pictures of the old flats. They thought back 40 years to their upbringing on the estate and chuckled at the idea of trying to keep chickens in a communal space. A mischievous twinkle in there eye suggested thoughts of free Sunday roasts. Although they were sceptical they thought the space should be given to the children and were happy to see people taking action.
Then school ended and the place was alive with 20 young people. The mums chatted about the problems they are going to face. Together old and young filled the board with ideas; not enough for their insatiable creativity the kids started drawing and painting. As the refreshments were gobbled down the activities got more active. Digging was incredibly popular and in spring we will have many daffodils popping up as reward. Everyone went home with a pot they had painted and pretty flower planted in it.
It was the creativity that really came out of the event, from ideas to drawings to paintings. The project is going to begin by capturing this creativity in mosaic using smashed tiles to create a beautiful sign for the garden. These sessions will be held in the community hall along the road. Under 8’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.