Thursday 27 April. 6.30pm. Manor Farm Nature Reserve
Cassandra Learning Centre, 1433a London Road (entrance in Stanford Road)
Meeting to help organise Community Open Day.
You are invited to become a part of making the Manor Farm Nature Reserve an inclusive space for the community to enjoy and to support a Community Open Day planned to take place on Saturday 27 May.
If you are interested in getting involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or simply come along to find out more.
Saturday 27 May. Manor Farm Nature Reserve: Community Open Day
The aim of the Community Open Day is to open the space to all, especially local people in Norbury and Thornton Heath. We aim to show what great potential this tranquil green space has for the community. The community day will be part of a range of initiatives to encourage local people and others to engage with the space to become part of making this green area into an inclusive nature space and ensure it will become a valuable community asset, to be enjoyed by all.
Manor Farm Nature Reserve
Manor Farm Nature Reserve is an area of green space that borders both Manor Farm Road and Norbury Avenue. Norbury Brook, part of The Wandle River runs through the site.
Manor Farm Nature Space community group has been established by local people to build on the work undertaken by a team of students from Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College in 2014. Together with participants from Imagine Health Charity, the students’ cleared extensive fly-tipping that had blighted the green space close to the school. Through their work they gained the support of local councillors and encouraged the council to undertake a subsequent deep clean of the site.
The pupils believed future fly-tipping could be discouraged by enabling the space to be used and thereby ‘owned’ by the local community. Through conversations with local people, associations and organisations a shared passion emerged, to create a nature space on the land, that local schools and residents could use for educational and recreational purposes.
The pupils identified a range of gifts and resources from local people and organisations such as: local historians; ecologists; carpenters and teachers that could make this vision a reality.
As a result of this work, local people formed a group to take the project to the next level. The group will meet as regularly as required, to enable practical works to take place to make the area safe to visit and to plan activities and events to sustain local interest and encourage more local people to take part.
Plans for Manor Farm Nature Reserve
Going forward, the key aim of the group is to continue the work already started by turning a previously neglected area of green space into an inclusive nature space that will become a valuable community asset. The project will make the space safe and ready to use for community events, workshops, community art and photography, gardening, ecological and educational activities to be enjoyed by all in the community
The space will be managed by and for members of the local community and the group aims to involve residents of all ages, schools, allotment societies and other groups. We are fortunate to be working with the local authorities’ Community Partnership Officer, Meike Weiser who is supporting the group to make these plans a reality and are in discussions with local councillors as to how they can support this positive community initiative.