Groundwork’s landscape architecture team and landscape contractors Groundwork Pride Ltd have been working with the Canal & River Trust to transform Knottingley’s canalside.
Over the next few weeks the area will undergo a major transformation to reinvigorate it for local people. Works will include the installation of a new open air gym, improved woodland pathways, signage and seating.
The popular ‘Freda’s garden’ – named after a celebrated local volunteer – will be replanted with ornamental, native and nectar-rich species to encourage bees and other pollinating insects. The works will rejuvenate the garden and give local people and schoolchildren the chance to work together as a voluntary group to continue Freda’s work.
The project is being led by the Canal & River Trust, working with Groundwork, and is a result of earlier work with Wakefield Council and partners on the Knottingley Development Plan. The project is funded through a £47,100 grant from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund. The work is also thanks to the Knottingley and Ferrybridge Neighbourhood Network who have provided the third party funding, which has unlocked the main funding for the project from WREN.