In a recent meeting, Middlesbrough Council Executive Sub Committee for Property decided that Nature’s World should continue to be a base for green projects. Partner organisations and community groups are likely to be based onsite, and Friends of Nature’s World have been granted continued access to maintain the site, and host occasional community events.
This is a small victory for Friends of Nature’s World because it means that new housing development is not planned, at least not in the short-term. This gives the group time to build on public support and hopefully ensure that there is a bright future for Nature’s World.
On Saturday 28th March 2015, Friends & Supporters of Hands on Middlesbrough and Friends of Nature’s World gathered at Nature’s World to celebrate.
Even in the pouring rain (again!) over 40 people turned out to demonstrate their support and volunteer their time to help maintain the site for as long as it takes…
There was live music in the Hydroponicum from Sara Dennis, Marie Marx and James Sav Hopper, while kids decorated wooden hearts with messages; memories of Nature’s World and what Green Space means to them. The hearts were then fixed to a nearby tree as a constant reminder of what places like Nature’s World mean to children.
After tea and homemade cakes, a variety of bulbs were planted in containers to flower in the summer and families were taken on a tour of the site by botanist Anne Press, who was one of Nature’s World founding members. Anne informed the group of rare plants that could be found on site and showed them the forest garden, which is now one of the oldest in the UK.
It is hoped that Nature’s World will continue to benefit the local community, families from surrounding boroughs and future generations for many years to come.