Pocklington Future Group is currently reviewing residents’ wishes as recorded in the Community Led Plan.
Much progress has been made on various topics by councils and community groups but concern remains about green issues.
Psychologists maintain that being able to see even a little green every day is good for our mental health and we are fortunate here in this respect.
Let’s safeguard our natural surroundings and improve our green spaces.
Councils can specify how building blends into the landscape and insist on green areas for residents to enjoy.
New housing requires better infrastructure but potential problems regarding the increase in traffic can be mitigated by adopting green initiatives such as good public transport around the town and by improving footpaths.
The footpath/cycle track which links Sherbuttgate to the town centre is safe for children, pleasant because of the natural aspect of the grass and trees and encourages residents to walk to town rather than use their cars.
The ‘Pocklington in Bloom’ group enhances the look of the town. The ‘Green Gym Group’ became ‘Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces’ and volunteers do practical conservation in public places such as at the canal.
The Rotary Club planted 400 saplings in Primrose Wood and hundreds of daffodils along verges.
The Queen Elizabeth ll playing field at West Green, has protected status so that the green can be enjoyed in perpetuity. I
t is registered with the charity ‘Fields in Trust’ which has a mission statement that specifies “young or old, able or disabled should have access to free local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation.”
Residents called for seats here and natural attractions such as logs to climb on at the edge of the field for children’s imaginative play which would still leave the field free for occasional events.
The exercising of dogs is prohibited in most playing fields and some have separate dog walking areas.
However opinion is bound to be divided on this matter.
The Royal Horticultural Society has launched a national campaign to halt and reverse the trend of paving over front gardens.
It is encouraging people retain their front gardens ‘to attract wildlife, improve air quality and reduce temperatures and the risk of flooding.’
Let’s embrace this idea to brighten up our neighbourhood and to do our bit for ecology and the environment.
Sir Andrew Motion, former poet laureate and head of the campaign to protect rural England, writes of the possibility of a new Nature and Wellbeing Act.
Wordsworth’s most famous poem may seem hackneyed now because it is so well known, but isn’t it still true that a glimpse of nature lifts our spirits? ‘and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils.’