The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket has teamed up with a host of community allies to create an environmental area that aims to live forever. (The project was launched this week).
Currently running alongside the centre is an alley way.
Paulin Goonan - a Director and volunteer at the Centre - takes up the story. She said, “At the moment, the alleyway (by the centre) that we aim to transform is a functional space that acts as a fire escape. Our ethos is about being community-led, so we reached out to people on our doorstep to help make the project happen. Fortunately, many local companies backed us and we are delighted to announce the creation of a Green Alley project. The scheme will see the space transformed into a Wallace and Gromit inspired vegetable garden.”
To make this happen, the (John Peel) centre has brought together Morrish & Partners, One (the largest sixth form centre in Ipswich – formally Suffolk One), Mid Suffolk District Council, Muntons, Notcutts and Little Mice Day Nurseries.
The centre will oversee the design and creation of a sustainable green space. (All other partners involved will provide their time, advice or products to help make this happen).
The project will also provide One students the opportunity of working on a live project in their local area relating to the environment and engineering.
Youngsters attending the Little Mice Day Nursery in Stowmarket will also be involved and they will get an opportunity to learn about the life cycle of plants through planting and maintaining the space. (They will also get to use it (the Green Alley) on completion).
Paulin Goonan – who also works at One - continued, “This artistic, environmental and educational scheme aims to emphasise the importance of creating sustainable living spaces to everyone involved both now and in the future - an objective that we believe John Peel would have been proud to be associated with.”
Vice Principal of One, Jenny Milsom, added, “We are delighted to be involved in a project that gives our students new skills and ideas that also resoundingly brings the community together in such a positive way.”