DEDICATED LOCALS have been working tirelessly over the past six years to help provide a beautiful green space that the whole Seacroft community can enjoy.
Lily Woods, chair of the Seacroft Green Residents Association, set up the group back in 2007 after residents voiced concerns over the area.
Lily said: “It is such a beautiful area now.
“I want people to realise that Seacroft is a lovely place to live.
“Even though some people might think it has a bad name, if you come here you will be absolutely gobsmacked.
“It is like its own little haven and we don’t want it spoiled.
“As a group of local residents, we work together to help ensure our neighbourhood remains a good place to live.
“This has included the formation of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme as well as undertaking a number of projects which have helped to improve the surrounding environment and protect the historic village green.”
The group, which now has 14 members, was set up back in 2007 and holds regular meetings and hosts an annual general meeting, which all residents are invited to attend.
Over the years, it has organised annual planting of daffodil bulbs with the help of local school children, the regular removal of rubbish, demolition of derelict garages, reinstatement of a pathway and road signs and helped provide alarms and time switches to residents.
A quarterly newsletter is also produced, called ‘The Green Scene’.
Volunteer litter pickers regularly patrol to keep the area clean and several small grants have been given to the group to spend on ‘clean up’ projects.
Lily added: “Now as an established residents association, we work very closely with local residents and the wider community, the police, councillors, dog wardens, environmental services and other partners to ensure that everyone is able to benefit from our achievements and hopefully enjoy the village green and surrounding neighbourhood for years to come.”
The association also plays a key role in events such as the Seacroft Summer Gala.
The popular event that attracts hundreds of people will be held on July 6 this year.
The group also helps organise the Seacroft Christmas Festival in December.
Lily added: “These have now become very successful, well attended and hugely anticipated community events.”
The group is hoping to put up hanging baskets around the green and is looking for local people to sponsor them.
They will also be organising more ‘clean up’ events.
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