Community remembers local parks champion

As part of ongoing improvements to Middleton Park, a brand new landscape feature, known as ‘Nick’s View’ is nearing completion. The feature compromises of a seating area with views across the Park dedicated to former Chairman of the Friends of Middleton Park, Nick Rose.

Local councillors, who have been heavily involved in the improvements works to the park, joined pupils from Middleton St. Mary’s Primary School this week in adding the final horticultural touches to the new feature. The pupils helped to plant grasses, shrubs and other herbaceous plants.

Councillor Judith Blake said:

“I am delighted to have been part of this project alongside my ward colleagues to commemorate Nick. Middleton Park is a really valuable and important green space for the local community as well as the wider region and I want to take this opportunity to thank Nick for all that he did and the Friends of Middleton Park for all that they continue do to look after our fantastic park. The support of the community has been incredible and it is great to be able to engage with local residents and school children to help complete the final steps of this community-focused project.”

Councillor Kim Groves  said:

“It is wonderful that we can commemorate Nick in a way which is very in keeping with his character and his love of the outdoors, especially in his local park. I hope that visitors will come to admire the park in the same way that Nick so lovingly did. It would be difficult not to with these spectacular views!”

Councillor Paul Truswell  said:

“Nick’s View is an excellent addition to Middleton Park, and a perfect way to remember Nick and his huge passion for the Park.  He made an enormous contribution to the major improvement and enhancement of the Park that has taken place in recent years. I am really pleased that, thanks to the support of Wade’s Charity and the William Cobbett Trust, we have been able to remember him in this fitting way.”

Alan Shaw, Chair of the Friends of Middleton Park said:

“We wanted somewhere where people could sit and remember Nick, our founding Chair, in a place which he thought was important, but which might also be a place for people to come along, sit, and just enjoy the Park and the views”.