Most of us rely on a few strong characters in our communities to drive initiatives for change and the commitment and dedication of these individuals is to be greatly admired.
Liz is one of these treasured assets in my own neighbourhood so when she approached me just over a year ago, together with Angie and Becky from the Oswald Road Community Garden Group, and told me what was going on, I was delighted to agree to the project.
In their spare time, the team of volunteers has carried out the improvements to the small green space along Oswald Road in Chorlton adjacent to the fenced sports ground that’s come to be known as ‘The Field of Oz’. Planting includes a herb wheel and two spiralling lines of fruit trees and shrubs.
They have been gradually building on their achievements, applying for any community support and grants that they can find. A mosaic project was seen as a great way to introduce some year round colour, engage awareness from more local people and provide a fabulous opportunity for children at Oswald Road Primary School to be involved in making a mosaic for a community space.
The mosaic was designed and created by children from Oswald Road Primary School with the help and support of Mrs. Appleby in the spring and stored over the summer. Once the new school year began, we arranged a date and Becky, Liz and I installed the mosaic together. Here you can see Liz and I putting the finishing touches to it!
An official celebratory ‘opening’ of the mosaic will take place soon…………