Former Green Party leader Bennett praises Rugby park during visit - The Rugby Observer

Former Green Party leader Bennett praises Rugby park during visit

Andy Morris 5th Nov, 2017 Updated: 7th Nov, 2017   0

GREEN was the colour when former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett paid a surprise visit to the Green Flag-winning Gladstone Green Park in New Bilton.

She was given a tour by gardener Alisdair Rusk, who tends the park’s Edible Garden Project – where volunteer gardeners grow vegetables and herbs and make them available for visitors to pick free of charge, in return for help in tending and watering the beds.

Ms Bennett said: “The Edible Garden Project is entirely in keeping with Green Party ideals – we think communities work best when people come together to make a difference to their neighbourhood, and enjoy nature and stay healthy while they’re doing it.

“I am also really impressed at just how many small businesses are thriving in the Regent Street and Albert Street area. The Green Party wants to see us move away from identical high streets everywhere, with the same old chain stores – we want to put independent businesses at the heart of our economy, to keep money flowing locally.”

Rugby Green Party coordinator Mark Summers said: “We were delighted that Natalie took time out of her very busy schedule to visit Rugby and the Edible Garden Project. It’s a great initiative and it’s wonderful to see it succeed. I am hoping we see more projects like this spring up in Rugby.”

In July, Gladstone Green received a special Green Flag community award in recognition of the involvement of the community in running and maintaining the park.

Rugby Borough Councillor Maggie O’Rourke, who met the Minister for Parks Marcus Jones at Gladstone Green earlier this year, said: “The local community, Labour Councillors, New Bilton Community Association and the local church are all very proud of the partnership work which has resulted in a number of raised beds in the New Bilton area, and very proud of our green flag status.

“We have been reliably informed that the ministerial team that visited were so impressed that they are re-writing their national strategy based on the model in New Bilton.”


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