Town Green Spaces Officer gets hands-on

Green Spaces Officer Lewis Swales (right) and Aberdeenshire Councils
Buchan Area Project Officer Robert McGregor are pictured at Collieburn - just one area which will be developed in association with the community

Green Spaces Officer Lewis Swales (right) and Aberdeenshire Councils Buchan Area Project Officer Robert McGregor are pictured at Collieburn - just one area which will be developed in association with the community

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Peterhead’s new Green Spaces Officer has been getting hands-on with the local community with plans for a pocket park in the town centre.

Lewis Swales,formerly community woodland officer at the Buchan Meadows Community Woodland project, has taken on the pioneering role which is being funded by the Big Lottery for three years.

The community-led project will provide an opportunity for local residents to get involved in designing activities and generating innovative new ideas for the best community use of the town’s green spaces including Collieburn and Meethill Park.

Peterhead Projects, which will deliver the programme, wants to both develop and generate connectivity between the green spaces across the town and will work with the people living around these spaces to form a defined user-friendly green link within Peterhead.

The project has the potential not only to attract thousands of additional users to the green areas but will create hundreds of volunteer opportunities during the three-year funded programme.

Ken Duncan, project development manager with PPL, explained: “There is a real desire among local residents, groups and Aberdeenshire Council to develop and harness the potential of these areas. We are delighted to have Lewis continuing his excellent work within the community and we would like to thank the Big Lottery for its generous which will enable people of all ages, gender and abilities to participate in a host of exciting new activities.”

Meantime, Lewis Swales’ immediate focus is on creating a pocket park with the help of volunteers on a patch of vacant land at the corner of Peterhead’s Broad Street and Rose Street – an idea generated at this summer’s Choose Peterhead charrette.

Lewis said: “We have taken on board the suggestions from the public and agreed that the pocket park should have a fishing and maritime theme.”

In addition to planting and seating, the pocket park will include exciting artwork following the nautical theme, while informative signs will highlight both the story behind the pocket park and the history of the site itself.

It is anticipated that works will commence in February, but anyone wishing to get involved in any future Green Spaces activities should call Lewis on 01779 478950 or email greenspaces@peterheadprojects.co.uk