Jones Building Group have worked in partnership with the Westfield Community Association alongside many other Yeovil businesses on a community garden which is located next to the Co-Op on Stiby Road in Yeovil. Westfield Community Park is owned and cared for by the local community and is a fantastic new space for people to enjoy.
Westfield Community Park
The community garden has been developed by the Westfield Community Association which is made up of people from the community. In November 2019 Westfield Community Association (WCA) applied to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for a “pocket park grant”; money to turn a derelict site in the middle of a deprived and challenged area into a small community garden that would hopefully restore a sense of pride, as well as provide residents with a pleasant space for physical and mental recuperation. The WCA was awarded £15,000 to turn an overgrown area of wasteland on Stiby Road in Yeovil into an attractive space for people in the community to enjoy. When the WCA realised that this was not nearly enough to achieve what they had hoped to, they began contacting local businesses, including Jones Building Group, to ask for our help in providing labour and donations to the project. As we work with housing associations in the Westfield area and carry out a number of works near the site of the proposed community garden, we were proud to be able to give something back to the communities in which we operate. Jones Building Group were heavily involved in the project and our Community Liaison Officer, Josie Bowden, became a member of the Community Garden Project Team.
The garden offers lots of opportunities to the local community, including families, through social interaction, and learning through horticultural, educational and health-related activities and would consist of allotments, an event/community space, an outdoor gym, bee/insect hotel and seating area and timber trail.