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A town's popular pocket park has officially been opened at a "much delayed" ceremony attended by those who helped with tree planting alongside local dignitaries.

Chatteris Pocket Park has proved a popular pace for residents to visit since it was initially set up with funding by the town council through section 106 funds and a grant from the Honeysome Solar Farm.

Since then additional funding has come from various other organisations including the Red Tile Wind Farm Trust, Stainless Metalcraft, Jack's Supermarket, Healthy Fenland and Court Leet as well as private donations.

Chatteris pocket park is finally officially opened. (53163143)
Chatteris pocket park is finally officially opened. (53163143)

All the park's may trees, with the exception of one have been donated too with Orchards East giving trees for the community orchard and Froglife helping to develop the pond with advice also from Phil Clark and Mark Peck from Cambridgeshire County Council.

Volunteers were involved in planting the trees and amongst those helping were the town's cubs, who were among those attending the opening ceremony, which was previously delayed by covid, performed by mayor Linda Ashley last Saturday (13).

The trees planted on the day will form part of the Queen's Green Canopy Project, which invites everyone to plant a tree for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Coun Anne Hay, mayor Linda Ashley and Neil Kirby from Stainless Metalcraft at the official opening. (53163134)
Coun Anne Hay, mayor Linda Ashley and Neil Kirby from Stainless Metalcraft at the official opening. (53163134)

A further 30 trees are on their way from the Woodland Trust and will be planted in the park alongside the Old Railway Line at a later date.

Four years ago the pocket park was an unkempt piece of land but thanks to a dedicate group of volunteers that make up Friends of Little Acre Pocket Park it has become a popular spot for the townspeople to walk and enjoy.

Chairman Ian Mason, Robert Read, Kath and Colin Silvester, Councillor James Carney and town clerk Joanna Melton put in a huge effort to maintain the park, which was designed by Councillor Julie Smith.



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