Plymouth Science Park’s New Collaboration with Plymouth City Council’s Community Park Initiative

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  • 18th May 2017

PSP get their wellies on

Plymouth Science Park (PSP) is collaborating with Poole Farm, the organisation behind Derriford’s new Community Park, in an exciting new initiative which will offer a range of Environmental Education based team building days and personal development initiatives to its community of 150 businesses and their employees.

 

Poole Farm

“We actively encourage wellbeing at work and we are delighted that the Poole Farm team have offered to run guided walks and educational programmes around the Park’s neighbouring rural spaces. There’s so much research out there to show the many benefits to individuals and businesses in having physically active employees and we’re happy to encourage this. Having such a unique environment right on our doorstep means businesses and employees can easily get involved with the farm and take part in it.” Katie O’Brien, Business Services Manager at PSP

The Council is creating the park at Derriford covering 140-hectares to open up the beautiful Forder, Seaton and Bircham Valley. The park will also host an ‘environmental education hub’ within the community park created in partnership with Duchy College, part of The Cornwall College Group.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said:

“We’re really excited about the new community park and hope as many local people as possible come along to get involved. As much as we are building new houses and developments in Plymouth we are also fully committed to protecting Plymouth’s green space to make sure the city remains a lovely place for people to live, work and play.”

Over 200 volunteers have already put 3000 plus hours to the project, planting 1100 metres of new hedgerow, the city’s biggest orchard with 220 fruit trees and many tasks to help improve the condition of the land along Seaton Valley for the benefit of wildlife, biodiversity and the surrounding communities.

Community tree planting days with Plymouth Environmental Action have been taking place throughout the winter with some of the trees donated by YGS Landscapes, the park’s first corporate sponsors.

Other plans for the park include over 15 kilometres of new footpaths and cycle routes; new and improved habitats, community gardens for growing food for a proposed farm shop and café.

Visit the @PooleFarmProject Facebook page to keep up to date or email derrifordcp@plymouth.gov.uk for more information.

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