Our first grant application was to the Lottery’s Awards for All. With the £5000 grant we linked up with two local schools, Prendergasts and Gordonbrock Primary School. The art department at Prendergasts undertook a project with their year 8 students. They studied the murals in the school, which feature the park. They spent time in the park drawing the views which became the basis for a series of pieces of work. These included printing and black and white collages. The plethora of work was taken to artist blacksmith Heather Burrell, who designed a gate using the images.
The final gates were hung in spring 2007.
The final part of the grant money was spent on planting. The local primary school Gordonbrock came out to help plant primroses and violets along the entrance road. They also smartened up the shrub bed at the entrance with Viburnum, roses, honeysuckle and ferns.