Coming up roses

PUBLISHED: 12:12 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 May 2010

TV personality Tommy Walsh and GMTV reporter Jonathan Swain with Groundwork staff (left to right) Cheryl Spain, Mark Lawrence, Steve Harvey and Geoff Bunce

TV personality Tommy Walsh and GMTV reporter Jonathan Swain with Groundwork staff (left to right) Cheryl Spain, Mark Lawrence, Steve Harvey and Geoff Bunce

A COMMUNITY park is on the cards after TV viewers voted to award a charity £1.5 million. National environmental charity Groundwork was one of three organisations who went head-to-head for the lottery money on GMTV last week. After receiving 55 per cent o

Local youngsters (left to right) Ashlee Anthony, Marc Anthony, Naomi Dhadra and Berenice Saunders, from the Grange Estate, with the £1.5m cheque that will help fund 25 projects across the country, including the one on the estate

A COMMUNITY park is on the cards after TV viewers voted to award a charity £1.5 million.

National environmental charity Groundwork was one of three organisations who went head-to-head for the lottery money on GMTV last week.

After receiving 55 per cent of the votes, Groundwork will now split the money between 25 projects, including £70,000 for a community park on the Grange estate in Letchworth GC.

Groundwork Hertfordshire's executive director Steve Harvey said: "This is a very special year for Groundwork as we're celebrating our 25th anniversary nationally. Thanks to the votes of GMTV viewers we can now give much needed support to 25 more communities across the country.

"This project here in Letchworth will make a huge difference to this community, giving them a shared space that they can be proud of.

"We'd like to thank everyone across Hertfordshire who voted for our project - the vote shows that people really care about the quality of their local environment and want to live in places that are clean, safe and green.

"We'd especially like to thank local residents Wayne Boyce and Ryan Squib who turned up so early to be interviewed for GMTV last week and to lend their support."

The project in Letchworth GC will begin this month when Groundwork Hertfordshire con-ducts a community consultation with residents, asking what facilities they would like see to transform the estate.

Following that the charity will create designs which will then be checked with the community before practical work begins.

They hope to complete the park by March 2007.

The project will be lead by Groundwork Hertfordshire in partnership with North Hert-fordshire Homes and North Hertfordshire District Council.

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