Donisthorpe Memorial Gardens

Client: Donisthorpe Memorial Gardens

Project Description

Donisthorpe is a former mining village located in the heart of the National Forest.  Although its Memorial Gardens feature some listed gates, the space itself has fallen into a state of disuse and neglect following removal of all the play equipment 20 years ago.  We worked closely with the group to produce a couple of options for a community consultation carried out in September 2021. The composite agreed masterplan was subsequently produced to form the basis for planning approval and funding applications. This incorporates a wide range of uses while still retaining the majority of the existing trees, augmented with the introduction of new species to provide resilience against climate change and tree diseases.

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An existing colliery wheel, currently located immediately behind the memorial gates (and adversely affecting the quality of their setting) will be relocated within the site and a paved area created to accommodate gatherings on Remembrance Sunday and other occasions. The proposed mounds, intended to form an amphitheatre around the reintroduced bandstand utilises material from the existing on-site mounds thus avoiding the need to import or export any spoil.  

In addition to an outdoor gym equipment and table tennis table the scheme also includes some natural play apparatus /adventure trail equipment located to exploit existing changes in level as well as a wooden train aimed at younger children (which references the railway line that used to run along the western boundary of the site). the planning application for the proposed boundary improvements has now been approved and we very much look forward to working closely with the group to take this project forward on a phased basis, to create a vibrant valued place where local residents can interact with each other.