Early in the 1980’s:
Life as a rubbish tip ends and the site is sealed with a clay cap and laid to grass.
Kent Gardens Trust approach Canterbury City Council, wishing to work with local people to create a prime amenity and ecology resource on this 18.5 hectare site on the eastern edge of Canterbury.
The Sturry Road site is suggested as a possibility and a community group is formed. Canterbury City Council provide design expertise and master plan proposals are developed for discussion.
A master plan is agreed and planning permission is obtained for an ambitious new community park.
The City Council lease the land to the newly formed Sturry Road Community Garden Trust for a 50 year period.
Funding from Brett Environmental Trust (Landfill Tax Credit Scheme) of £170,000 and a Countryside Agency Doorstep Green Programme grant of £70,000 enable the first phase of earth moving works to be carried out. This creates space for a toddlers play area, a skateboard park, a central arena and a grass football pitch.
£50,000 funding awarded from Living Spaces provides toddlers play equipment and skateboard ramps to complete new facilities.
The Trust is awarded a grant of £10,000 from People’s Places (New Opportunities Fund) to develop a garden area.
Kent Community Foundation award the Trust £6,500 for the construction of a ‘sports wall’ and play area.
With advice and support from Kent Gardens Ttrust and Canterbury City Council, the Trust enter into a contract with local landscape contractor Deacon Landscape to import surplus soil from development sites in exchange for laying out the park and planting it up.
A Peoples Millions Award from the Big Lottery Fund provides £58,000 to create an ornamental garden club.
The garden club is successfully completed and officially opened with a funday event.
Earthworks to complete the park finish enabling woodland tree planting to be carried out. BMX track is completed. Grand Opening in June 2007.