Places where we can experience the outdoors, get some exercise, breathe some fresh air, run around or sit and watch. Somewhere where the countryside is recognizable and we can make a link with wildlife, and maybe our natural selves.
Cotton End Park
Ten acres of green space with an assault course and zip wires, picnic tables, trees and wildflowers. The wildlife reserve has ponds, a dipping platform and a bird watching hide. There are sheep, bee hives, and a community orchard.
Mill Park Reserve
A pocket park with ponds, a bog garden and an observation platform by the stream, plus seats and a picnic bench. There is also a field centre, a butterfly garden, a human sundial, a wildflower meadow and a mini woodland.
We had a great day at Cotton End Park when we celebrated the inauguration of the zipwire by Chris Heaton-Harris MP.
Buckby Library & Hub are running another series of 3 talks this month:
1. May 17th “Food and Energy – Securing our future requirements” by Mark Jelley
2. May 24th “Environmental Change – A threat to our children’s futures?” by David Croston
3. May 31st “The Butterflies of Long Buckby – Survival and protection” by Nick Roberts.
After the wonderful response last Easter for this event, we will be repeating it this year, 11am – 3pm Sunday 17th April (weather permitting). We have received extremely generous donations of 100 eggs from Long Buckby Football Club and other donations from members of the community.
We are pleased to report that after many months of fundraising, the new zipwire was installed by Wicksteed at Cotton End Park, at the end of February. It has already been well tested by the volunteers, and is ready for use. The gleaming metal frame looked, as Nick Roberts, our Park Manager said, ‘Like something that has landed from outer space!’