Monday, 11 June 2007

Saving our Open Spaces

Since December I've been spearheading efforts to find a new owner for our Country Park. Many people have worked hard, 10,000 have signed a petition, funds have poured into our parking collection boxes.

I'm delighted that we have now narrowed negotiations down to 3 potential "owners" - the National Trust (who manage other open space nearby), The local Cambridge Preservation Society (who have been looking after local green areas for 80 years) and the Sports Lake Trust (who are fundraising to build an Olympic size rowing lake and running local sports charities --- gold medals will come from them). There could not be a stronger group. There is still a lot of work to do and funds to raise but protecting our green spaces for the future is vital so it's worth the work!


QUASAR9 said...

Hi Vicky, just heard you enthusiastically talking about Milton County Park and lottsa money from South Cambs.

You must let me knowwho I need to talk to about volunteers, work and job placements ...

Maybe we can generate interest and opportunities for & from thoseseeking work experience in gardening & leisure activities in Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Ely, etc)

Vicky Ford said...

That will be fantastic... there is already a charity called Red2Green that is doing lots of work experience in gardening based in Histon. They may do this with some of the new owners in the Park.

We need to make sure that the public also support the park with funds as well as hours! Save Milton Country Park are putting together a list of volunteers as well as gathering donations