Borras Support Community Project in Watford

Whilst on site completing the £5.5m restoration of Cassiobury Park in Watford Borras recently lent a hand to help support a fantastic cause.

Located within the park is a small enclosed patch of land currently undergoing rejuvenation to form a community garden. Once complete the gently sloping site will feature a figure of eight path encompassing a seating area to the east of the site and a labyrinth to the west.

Watford Borough Council Community Ranger Debbie Brady has been overseeing the scheme since work began to transform the overgrown and derelict site 3 years ago. Plans for the garden were originally designed and included in the larger park project however things ground to a halt when funding was not sufficient enough to include it.

Following this the decision was made to use the project as an opportunity to engage several local community groups. Several organisations make use of the park and have been quick to become involved in the refurbishment of it, just a few of those who have been involved so far include the TCV (The Conservation Volunteers), Youth Connexions and The Princes Trust.

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Once aware of the project Borras Site Managers Chris Yates and John Ward were keen to get involved and offer our expertise however possible. Utilising some of the heavy equipment on our nearby site we cleared and flattened a circular patch of ground where the labyrinth will eventually be located, the removed top soil was then used to form a raised bank surrounding the labyrinth which can be used for seating.

Community Ranger Debbie Brady expressed her gratitude to Borras on the day of the dig:

“We can’t believe it is finally happening after 3 years in the planning, we are so excited with this and everything else that is happening within the park. It is a great community project which brings together so many different community groups.

We are extremely thankful to Borras for doing the dig, its gone a long way to getting the project off and running and a part that volunteers just couldn’t have done alone”

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Find out more about our project at Cassiobury Park here. 

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