Lions Green officially opened in Nailsea
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 February 2019
A derelict piece of land in Nailsea has been transformed into a green space and opened up to the public, thanks to a grant from Nailsea Lions.
The generous group has donated £4,000 to Nailsea Town Council to tidy up a green space in Stock Way South near the town centre car park.
The money has been used to clear the land, landscape it and create a footpath for shoppers to use.
A seat has also been installed so people and sit and rest on their way to and from the town centre.
The redevelopment was paid for thanks to donations from Nailsea Lions, the town council and Cllr Philip Barclay.
To thank the Lions group for the generous donation, the town council has agreed to name the area Lions Green.
Nailsea Lions president Rennie Warburton said: “The Lions are proud to have contributed to such a worthwhile project, which will benefit the residents for many years to come.
“Thank you to Nailsea Town Council for naming the area Lions Green, to celebrate the centenary of Lions Clubs International.”
The green was officially opened on February 13.
Speaking at the opening, Nailsea Town Council chairman David Packham thanked the Lions for their donation.
He paid tribute to the Lions group for doing ‘many great things for the town’ including helping numerous charities and voluntary organisations.
He also thanked councillor Phil Barclay for his generous contribution to the regeneration and former town clerk Ian Morrell for bringing the project to fruition.
The green is located outside Sapphire Lodge residential home, close to the town centre car park and shopping area.
Last year, Lions International celebrated the centenary of the first group being formed in Chicago, USA, and the Nailsea group wanted to mark the milestone with a gift to the community.
The town council has already received positive feedback from the new bench and pathway.
Nailsea Lions has also planted 500 daffodil bulbs in the green to brighten it up in the spring.
Last year, the group donated almost £7,000 to charities and good causes by holding a number of fundraising events including a Christmas float collection and raffles.