A project to create a sensory garden at Coronation Park in Corby has won £50,000 thanks to people power.
The scheme has been given the money after winning the most votes in the People’s Millions, a grant programme run by the Big Lottery and ITN.
The Coronation Park plan was competing in the Anglia West region against AlcoHELP, a Chelmsford-based project set up in 2005 to tackle the problem of alcohol abuse among young people, and heard this week that it had won.
Susan Lowe, events co-ordinator for the Friends of Coronation Park Group, worked on preparing the People’s Millions bid along with fellow member David Shaw.
She said: “We just want to thank everyone for picking up the phone and voting for us, we can’t thank them enough.
“I still can’t believe it. We’ve been campaigning for this for so long; I didn’t really think that we’d get it.”
The Friends of Coronation Park group’s plan is to create a sensory garden that will include a scented area, an area with musical instruments, a tactile area and an area that will depict movement.
It is hoped the garden will be enjoyed by everyone in Corby and the group aims to have it finished by October 2014.
The friends group is to seek the advice of special needs school groups on the design of the garden.
Corby MP Andy Sawford supported the group’s campaign and said: “It is brilliant news that the people of Corby have backed the Friends of Coronation Park campaign and made sure it won this national competition and £50,000 prize money. Thank you to everyone who picked up the phone and voted. This is another example of the great community spirit we have in Corby.
“I will look forward to watching the new sensory garden develop and can’t wait to visit it when it’s open.”
Corby Council leader Tom Beattie also congratulated the group on their win.
He said: “We are delighted to hear that Coronation Park has been voted as the first winners in the Anglia West category and will now walk away with £50,000 to put into their project.
“This is a true example of how the people of Corby get behind each other and support one another.
“The Friends of Coronation Park should be so proud and can now look forward to making their bid for a fully functioning sensory garden into a reality.”