More Transformation at Grantham Green

Eastleigh Borough Council is continuing with the planned transformation of the park. The new features, a rock feature for climbing and additional stumps and wild flower turves for the stumpery, are in the south west corner of the park. They are just being installed and will be ready to view in a month or so.


Transformation of Grantham Green


Our part is complete! These are some of our album pictures showing the changes


Summer 2016 the Active Citizens play petanque on the flat grass surface at Grantham Green. Pauline and Wasif act as referees

Late Spring 2017 the contentious mounds of soil have arrived and tarmac is laid on the path

Site visit by the Active Citizens to see the mounds and the initial wild flower turves

Open Day summer 2017. Talking to local residents about the chance of volunteering as a Grantham Green Grower

Council representative, Mark Ellison hands over the plans and the ornamental beds to Maria and our first volunteer, Wendy

Community Bulb Planting November 2017



Grantham Green Growers tackle the weeds early 2018

The stumpery covered in wild flowers, still protected by barriers until they are well established - mid 2018

Our part of the Grantham Green transformation project was funded by a generous grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery


Ted's Bench Ted's Bench

Ted's Bench at Grantham Green

We were pleased to unveil a bench dedicated to Ted Baker, who died in January 2017.


Ted was a volunteer walk leader with our society but he also played a huge role in the lives of many people with learning disabilities in our community. He was always present at Friday Night Club at the QE2 Activity Centre and on the holidays and outings that his wife, Helga organized and he was regarded as a close friend by many people.


Helga and daughter, Ellen unveiled the bench in front of a crowd of 55 friends and family who came along to remember Ted. 


Grantham Green - 2018 Season




We were successful in obtaining a grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery last year to fund the work of the Grantham Green Growers for a year as well as providing additional wild flower turves, a bench and a stumpery.


The stumpery has arrived although it is still behind the barriers to allow the young plants to get established, more news on that in future issues. 


The Active Citizens inspecting the ornamental shrub beds at Grantham Green. The Active Citizens inspecting the ornamental shrub beds at Grantham Green.



Our project at Grantham Green is starting to take shape.


We are working alongside Eastleigh Borough Council to improve the park environment for the benefit of all residents and users.


Grantham Green daffodils 2018 (Thanks to Mark Ellison for the use of his photo)



You will remember that there was a mass bulb planting exercise at Grantham Green last November.


The results of this effort are now showing. The daffodils are in the foreground with the crocus just visible behind. Why not visit the site to admire the flowers?

Spring is nearly with us!


We are looking forward to starting our fortnightly maintenance sessions on the crescent border at Grantham Green.


For the first of our sessions, we will be laying down some bark chippings around the shrubs to help keep the moisture in and hopefully keep the weeds down too.


You are welcome to join us if you are interested in becoming part of our team.



2017 - our first year...


Grantham Green news – Bulb Planting event

Friday and Saturday, 24 and 25 November at Grantham Green


Come and help us make Grantham Green a riot of colour in the spring. Maria Dowding and others will be on hand to show you what to do.


Tools and bulbs are provided. Just dress appropriately (warm clothes and good footwear) and be prepared to do a bit of work. We will all reap the benefits next spring!

Bulb planting from 10.00 to 13.00 each day.

Grantham Green Growers was a new service started in July 2017 following the transformation of the site over the previous eight months. People with learning disabilities who enjoy gardening will be working on maintaining the shrubs at Grantham Green every two weeks or so, throughout the year.


In 2016 members of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP were asked about their usage of Grantham Green, they responded that they used it but preferred Eastleigh Recreation Ground because there were more places to sit, more interesting planting and better bio-diversity. These responses were included in Eastleigh Borough Council’s transformation plan and as a result ornamental shrubs, wildflower turf and additional benches have been provided. People with learning disabilities are also going to be involved in maintaining the ornamental beds and have a watching brief over the wild flower turf.


We are recruiting local volunteers to work with our members in this endeavour. This is a great opportunity to meet people with learning disabilities and to enjoy working alongside them in the fresh air. Our horticultural Co-ordinator, Maria will be teaching skills, so this could be a way of enhancing your gardening knowledge.

Stalls at Grantham Green Open Day 2017 Our stalls at Grantham Green Open Day

Volunteers wanted...

...to help us maintain the ornamental shrubs at Grantham Green. Members of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP society will be maintaining the shrubs throughout the year.


We are looking for local volunteers to work alongside us. No horticultural knowledge needed, just an interest in people, ability to work as part of a team and a desire to learn. Work will take place on Friday mornings 10 -12.


DBS required.

Grantham Green Growers Grantham Green Growers in action!
Grantham Green Growers Maria Dowding and Mark Ellison looking at the planting plans for Grantham Green
Grantham Green Growers Bulb Planting event at Grantham Green

Our services are open to anyone with a learning disability who lives in the borough of Eastleigh or in Romsey.

Our constitution limits the offer of our services to people with learning disabilities living in this geographical area. Much of our funding is raised locally for the benefit of local people with learning disabilities.

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