Huntingdonshire District Council has completed the transfer of the Huntingdonshire Community Plant and Tree Nursery to Godmanchester Town Council. The plant nursery, located in Park Lane, Godmanchester, was designated as a Local Green Space in Godmanchester’s Neighborhood Plan. This status was important for residents, who felt this site was a valuable community asset that they were keen to protect from the potential of future housing development.
The district council, who owns the site, offered to transfer it to Godmanchester Town Council who wanted to further invest in the nursery and create a community hub. After a year-long process, which included a requirement to gain approval from the Secretary of State, the nursery will be formally handed over to the Town Council on 31 March 2020. The Town Council will run the nursery with the help of its committed volunteer team and a new manager. Huntingdonshire District Council has offered ongoing advice and support to ensure that the handover is successful.
Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment Cllr Marge Beuttell said: "This is a perfect example of how local councils collaborating well can benefit the residents we collectively serve. The hard work that has previously occurred to establish the loyal volunteer workforce in the production of fresh fruit, vegetables or flowers means this is already a good facility that can flourish with the new Godmanchester team."
Godmanchester Town Mayor, Cllr Dick Taplin said; "This is a very exciting time for the council. We were delighted when the District Council made the offer to transfer the site to us. Although the transfer has taken longer than anticipated, we are delighted that we now have a date and are looking forward to taking responsibility for this important community asset.
Acquiring this site is a direct result of our Neighbourhood Plan and it’s good to see it achieving positive things for the town, as well as underpinning our commitment to environmental improvement. Our residents were very clear that the nursery is an important asset, and should be kept as something everyone can benefit from – whether you buy your fruit and veg here, pop in to buy plants or come to volunteer your time to keep it running smoothly. If you’ve not visited recently, do come and join us as we relaunch under our new name: Godmanchester Community Nursery."