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10 Jan 2012
Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire has been helping a popular
local tourist attraction to embark on its second major project
within a year to further boost its visitor experience.
The historic bottle kiln was restored and a new ‘story of The
National Forest’ exhibition put in place at Sharpe’s Pottery
Museum, in Swadlincote, earlier this year, leading to a sharp rise
in visitor figures.
Now the West Street destination plans to further enhance its
allure by building an outside playzone and environmental
Aspirations include a new courtyard with a patio, imaginative
play equipment and sensory planting.
Tony Hurrell, Chairman of the West Street
museum, said: “Our vision for this vacant land is to create a safe
and fun family-friendly space to enable children of all abilities
to play together.
“Visitors and regular users of the museum have
expressed a desire to be able to utilise this land and we are
delighted that work is underway with the help of Cawarden, who are
specialists in reclaimed and period building products.”
Work has now started on installing the patio on vacant ground
near the coffee shop.
Paving bricks have been generously donated by Cawarden Brick and
Tile, in Rugeley, and are currently being laid by unemployed young
people from Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire's Landscape and
Kirsty Youngs, Managing Director at Groundwork Derby &
Derbyshire, said: "Our Landscape and Maintenance team engages in a
wide range of activities aimed at changing places and changing
lives across Derbyshire.
“Improving the opportunities of young people and promoting
sustainable living are at the heart of everything we do.
“We provide training and work experience for the unemployed by
involving them in positive projects such as this to further improve
their future job prospects and leave a beneficial mark upon
communities for years to come."
The museum is awaiting conformation of external funding to carry
out the rest of the works.
For information on Key Stage 3-4 Construction Opportunities by
Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire click