News from the Estate Regeneration Project on Hurst Farm, Matlock

A £25k grant has been secured from the Ministries of Housing, Communities and Local Government ‘Pocket Park’ funding which will pay for the 1st phase of improvements to the Spider Park playground at ‘The Orchard’.  It will also go towards the creation of a natural ‘woodland’ play and wildlife area.

Trees have been donated by Matlock Town Council and planted by volunteers from the estate, Denefield rangers and Church in the Peak.  The grant will pay for native wildflower bulbs (Bluebells, Snowdrops, Anemone, Wild Garlic and Wild Daffodils) to be under planted among the new trees creating seasonal interest and increase wildlife.

Everyone involved with the Estate Regeneration Project hope that in years to come, this area will become a setting for forest school activities that the Friends of Hurst Farm and the Castle View Primary School are planning to hold on the estate.

In addition the project has received packets of native wildflower seeds from Kew Gardens and the ‘Grow Wild’ project.  These will be used to create a ‘pilot’ mini wildflower meadow, sown and planted with the children of Castle View Primary School

Derbyshire Dales CVS will soon have a Community Development Manager post based on Hurst Farm. More information about this in our next newsletter in June.