Work set to begin on Britain's smallest park

Darlington and Stockton Times: Mayor of Darlington Gerald Lee with local children, from left, Eddie , Maya , Alex and Isabel Watson on the small plot of land at Victoria Embankment that near by residents are going to turn into Britain's smallest park. Mayor of Darlington Gerald Lee with local children, from left, Eddie , Maya , Alex and Isabel Watson on the small plot of land at Victoria Embankment that near by residents are going to turn into Britain's smallest park.

WORK will begin on Britain’s smallest park this weekend.

A group of Darlington residents have banded together to create Councillor Gerald Lee Park on a tiny site in the town.

The unkempt patch of land nestled underneath an advertising billboard is about to be transformed in a bid to snatch the title of the country’s smallest park – currently held by Prince’s Park in the Borough of Lichfield.

Measuring about 25 square metres, the park – named after Darlington mayor Councillor Lee – will be an “environmentally aware space” featuring plants, free drainage and a recycled bench, as well as two “wish bushes” where visitors can pay tribute to loved ones or write their hopes for the future.

The park, at the corner of South Feethams and Victoria Embankment, is being created by members of the South Terrace Residents Association in conjunction with Guerilla Gardeners Darlington Division.

The team is now appealing for volunteers to join them for the Big Dig, taking place on Saturday, June 7 between 10am and 1pm.

Volunteers should meet in the back lane of South Terrace and are invited to take on a variety of roles, from digging and weeding to helping to distribute refreshments.

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5:06pm Tue 3 Jun 14

JJ2000 says...

Can't wait to see the worlds smallest tourist bus turn up to pay a visit.
Can't wait to see the worlds smallest tourist bus turn up to pay a visit. JJ2000
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6:23pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Border Terrier says...

JJ2000 wrote:
Can't wait to see the worlds smallest tourist bus turn up to pay a visit.
Too expensive to park!
[quote][p][bold]JJ2000[/bold] wrote: Can't wait to see the worlds smallest tourist bus turn up to pay a visit.[/p][/quote]Too expensive to park! Border Terrier
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7:25pm Tue 3 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

What a waste of council tax!

This is at a time that Street Scene is being scaled down and areas that have been maintained by the council for years are now just being neglected.

If anyone wants to see an existing “environmentally aware space” in Darlington, just take a drive along the A67 to Middleton St George - the verges at the side of the road have grass and weeds 3 ft high!

I might pop along when its finished and leave my "hope for the future" note on one of the "wish bushes" hoping that the existing administration in Darlington are all voted out as soon as possible!
What a waste of council tax! This is at a time that Street Scene is being scaled down and areas that have been maintained by the council for years are now just being neglected. If anyone wants to see an existing “environmentally aware space” in Darlington, just take a drive along the A67 to Middleton St George - the verges at the side of the road have grass and weeds 3 ft high! I might pop along when its finished and leave my "hope for the future" note on one of the "wish bushes" hoping that the existing administration in Darlington are all voted out as soon as possible! DarloXman
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10:06am Wed 4 Jun 14

studio says...

DarloXman wrote:
What a waste of council tax! This is at a time that Street Scene is being scaled down and areas that have been maintained by the council for years are now just being neglected. If anyone wants to see an existing “environmentally aware space” in Darlington, just take a drive along the A67 to Middleton St George - the verges at the side of the road have grass and weeds 3 ft high! I might pop along when its finished and leave my "hope for the future" note on one of the "wish bushes" hoping that the existing administration in Darlington are all voted out as soon as possible!
All getting paid for by donations and the south terrace residents association.

Blows your comment out of the water really.

Typical blame the council without even doing your homework comment.

P.S. I dont like the current council, but always look into things before blaming anyone.
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: What a waste of council tax! This is at a time that Street Scene is being scaled down and areas that have been maintained by the council for years are now just being neglected. If anyone wants to see an existing “environmentally aware space” in Darlington, just take a drive along the A67 to Middleton St George - the verges at the side of the road have grass and weeds 3 ft high! I might pop along when its finished and leave my "hope for the future" note on one of the "wish bushes" hoping that the existing administration in Darlington are all voted out as soon as possible![/p][/quote]All getting paid for by donations and the south terrace residents association. Blows your comment out of the water really. Typical blame the council without even doing your homework comment. P.S. I dont like the current council, but always look into things before blaming anyone. studio
  • Score: 1

12:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

mikyman says...

Good luck to you.
Those of us who are fighting the proposal to build houses on open space at Bellburn Lane fear that the 'open area' the council is proposing to leave will soon challenge your park for the smallest in Darlo!!
Good luck to you. Those of us who are fighting the proposal to build houses on open space at Bellburn Lane fear that the 'open area' the council is proposing to leave will soon challenge your park for the smallest in Darlo!! mikyman
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1:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

studio says...

mikyman wrote:
Good luck to you. Those of us who are fighting the proposal to build houses on open space at Bellburn Lane fear that the 'open area' the council is proposing to leave will soon challenge your park for the smallest in Darlo!!
Good luck to you too. Such a shame they are even considering building on that patch of land. That area already struggles during peak traffic times, new housing there will only add to that problem.
[quote][p][bold]mikyman[/bold] wrote: Good luck to you. Those of us who are fighting the proposal to build houses on open space at Bellburn Lane fear that the 'open area' the council is proposing to leave will soon challenge your park for the smallest in Darlo!![/p][/quote]Good luck to you too. Such a shame they are even considering building on that patch of land. That area already struggles during peak traffic times, new housing there will only add to that problem. studio
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4:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

JJ2000 says...

IS there any space on Bellburn left to build on?
IS there any space on Bellburn left to build on? JJ2000
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