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Tranquil garden to open this summer

Vegetable patchWork to transform a disused area of ground into a pocket park is soon to start in Cippenham.

The council has been working in partnership with the West Cippenham Tenants and Residents Association (WCTRA) on the project, after winning a £15,000 grant from central government to transform the ground beside Cippenham Library.

The pocket park will include a tranquil space for rest and relaxation and small-scale gardening, including vegetable growing. Once complete, it will feature a wheelchair-accessible path, weather resistant benches, raised beds for flowers and vegetables, and cover provided by several trees.

The pocket park will provide parents and carers somewhere safe and quiet for them to wait prior to collecting their children from the village school next door.

It will also provide the perfect place for elderly people who are visiting the shops or library to relax and chat with neighbours and friends.”

Since the site is intended to be a haven for wellbeing, the emphasis will be to grow a wide range of plants in order to have vibrant colours for as much of the year as possible.

Weekly maintenance in the garden will be carried out by Slough adult social care volunteers, who have mental health, learning or physical disabilities.

This will be alongside a supervisor and in addition to the routine maintenance on the library site.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of September.

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