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Community invited to celebrate the Greenway in Rushden

Published Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Residents are invited to join East Northamptonshire Council and the community to celebrate the work that has been completed on the Greenway in Rushden and officially open a new mural.

A team of volunteers will also gather beforehand for a morning of litter picking to assist with the continued improvement and the Out to Water, Into History project.

From 12pm to 2pm on Sunday, 23 June, a new mural will be unveiled at the Washbrook Road tunnel in Rushden following a competition earlier in the year. Before the ceremony, from 10am to 12pm, friends of the Greenway will be litter picking along the stretch from Crown Park to Asda in Rushden.

The new mural will be based on local school children’s artwork and has been designed to reflect the history and environment of the local area. The competition also included the creation of three wooden benches along the Greenway featuring quotes from local residents.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North said:

“Our district is full of green spaces and the Greenway is no exception. This event will provide an opportunity for residents and partners to gather and celebrate, whilst continuing to improve the area. The Greenway is all about community and the new mural at the Washbrook Road tunnel will be an excellent addition.”

Chairman of the Greenway board, Cllr Sarah Peacock added:

“The Greenway is a great area and it is wonderful that we can all gather to celebrate the work that has been achieved since the beginning of this Heritage Lottery funded project. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is helping with the regeneration of the area, including litter picking and tree planting, alongside the continued support from our partners Nenescape and Heritage Lottery Funding.”

Nenescape Project Manager, Amanda  Johnson agreed:

“Working with the Out to Water, Into History project has been incredibly rewarding and we are delighted how popular the Greenway is. It’s a shame people still drop litter, but it is a wonderful thing to see so many residents volunteering to keep the Greenway clean and the positive changes this has made. Their community spirit is inspiring, and we are grateful for their support.”

Also at the event, a new competition will be launched to help choose images that will adorn part of the tunnel.  The competition will invite locals to submit photos that showcase the area’s history and heritage. If you would like to find out more and get involved and ‘like’ the Out to Water, Into History Facebook page to find out more.

Refreshments for all volunteers during the community litter pick will be supplied by Morrisons.

For more information about the event and helping with the litter pick, please contact Lucy Hawes, Community Development Officer at ENC on or 01832 742268.