Gannow Community Garden

Officially opened by Burnley MP Julie Cooper and Electricity North West

Tuesday 20th August saw the official opening of the brand new community garden at Gannow Community Centre.

The community garden is situated on the land by the side of Gannow Community Centre. This land is owned and operated by Electricity North West for the purpose of hosting a substation. The substation, on Adamson Street, Burnley, was specially selected to receive a community makeover as part of Electricity North West’s ‘Transforming our Spaces’ project.

Through Transforming our Spaces, Electricity North West identified areas of land around substations which have suffered vandalism, lack wildlife, or may lack funding to carry out such community projects.

As part of the transformation, Electricity North West engineers cleared the site and planted wild flowers, bug hotels and planters as well as laying wood chippings on the ground.

Upon completion, Burnley MP Julie Cooper was welcomed to the revamped area and shown around the site while meeting members of the Electricity North West team. 

Charlie Briggs, Gannow Burnley and Padiham ward councillor, Police Community Support Officers and residents also attended site along with members of Gannow Community Centre, who assisted with the project and will now look after the area. 

Angie Thornton, Delivery Manager at Electricity North West, who is heading up the 'Transforming our Spaces' project, said "This is a real transformation, we learnt of the project through Alan Barnes, who works at Gannow Community Centre. He made contact with us and asked us if we could provide any assistance.

“When we cleared the site, we found all sorts of objects including rubbish, tyres and dog waste. What was a blight on the area, is now a vibrant community garden that residents and the community centre can be proud of."

“Substations aren’t always aesthetically pleasing, but they are a key part of the electricity network. The project has been extremely well received and I know people are extremely keen to get involved.”

Gannow Community Centre have been handed the keys and volunteers will use the space as a community garden and will also engage with children and all those within the community on how to plant and cultivate vegetables. It will also be a space for the community centre to undertake community projects outdoors. 

Electricity North West engineers will provide maintenance for the area.

Burnley MP Julie Cooper added: “The project to create a community garden alongside Gannow Community Centre is a brilliant example of what can be achieved when different organisations come together."

“By bringing this area into use it will not only provide a well-loved asset for the residents of Gannow but also stop the site being used for fly tipping rubbish."

“I enjoyed spending time meeting with Electricity North West and Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service charity who have made this garden a reality and congratulate them on this work.”

The photos below show how the space used to look:

 

The photos below show how the space now looks:

 

We think you'll agree that it looks much better now!