Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield is the managing agent of 36 hectares of land around a former colliery site in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. The land is owned the Land Trust, Groundwork’s role is to ensure that the community benefits from the site and that the planting, footpaths and fencing of Brook Park are all well maintained.
The site has been developed as warehouse/retailing site. The location is now home to a growing number of business and warehouse units, the biggest of which is Sports World, occupying almost half of the development land. In April 2007, ownership of the landscape infrastructure surrounding the site was transferred from EMDA to the Land Restoration Trust (LRT). The landscaped areas consist of young trees, hedges and grasses spread over newly formed hills, valleys and paddocks. These are interlinked by a series of footpaths and tracks, bounded by a variety of fencing types. Due to the nature of the land, and Groundwork’s previous experience, it was seen as the ideal partner to manage Brook Park’s development and maintenance.
The project forms part of the wider enterprise development of the Brook Park area. This aims to create a freight-warehousing, manufacturing and distribution centre for the East Midlands. It will also include Brook Business Village, comprising 60,000 square feet of industrial units and a development of 800 new homes.
There are also plans to engage the local community in a variety of ways to promote wider use of the resource provided by the site and to bring added value to the community from the activities that can be undertaken on or about the site. This may include: healthy living programmes; vocational training in horticulture, planting and landscaping; and other educational activities for local interest groups and schools.