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Elemore Park, Visitor Centre, Heritage and Garden Centre

Plans to transform the former Elemore Golf Course into an Eco Park, Cafe, Garden and Visitor Centre continue to move forward and this web page will keep you up to date on developments, events and activities. Please keep checking the page regularly for updates and please sign up to become a Friend of Elemore Park.

Elemore Park is for everyone to enjoy and in particular the local communities surrounding Elemore.

Local residents were asked about what they wanted to see on the Elemore site earlier this year, entitled Let's Talk Elemore.

Residents who attended the open day events and community meetings and completed online surveys, were clear that they wanted to see the site re-used as an open country park, with garden centre and visitor centre facilities.

They also want to see protection for the site's extensive ecology which has developed over time, a reduction in anti-social behaviour and to celebrate the heritage of the area.

Planning applications are currently progressing for the change of use to the current building on the Elemore site, as well as creating additional garden centre outbuildings, additional car parking and wider landscape works to the park areas.

Approved works in Elemore will include the redevelopment of existing buildings to transform into café facilities, garden centre, visitor centre and community space, including installation of specialist changing places and facilities for residents with severe physical disabilities.

The proposal is to redevelop the former golf club house into a café, garden centre, visitor centre and community space, as well as improve the existing car park and create an additional car park. The building will be accessible and will support all residents and communities while the garden centre and café will support training for adults with disabilities.

As part of its community wealth building strategy, which is all about keeping wealth in local communities, the City Council is also planning to work with local suppliers and contractors wherever possible to make sure that funding generated through the project is retained within the city.

Further news from Elemore Park

We at Elemore hope you're keeping well and enjoying the summer sunshine.

Work to the building at Elemore, to create a café and garden and visitor centre is now well underway so watch this space for drop in events, once works allow safe access for visitors. We've also been surveying bat activity in and around the park - such a wonderful space for wildlife on our doorstep.

In the meantime, why not pop along to Bishopwearmouth Cooperative's other site at Chester Road in Sunderland, SR4 7RS to sample their home-made cakes and pastries and enjoy walking around their garden centre. Shaun and the team are really excited about extending their offer at Elemore Park later this year.

During April we have planted hundreds of shrubs and trees as well as cleared waterways and installed a temporary bank into the lake, enabling the baby ducklings to move freely onto dry land. Thanks again to the local residents who told us about the needs of the wildlife in the lake. As a result the City Ecology Officer visited the lake to ensure the wildlife were safe and well - which they were, but the Swans were still relocated due to a continued reduction in water levels - let's hope the Swans return to Elemore next year.

We held a Spring Clean event at Elemore on Friday 10 June. The sun was shining for us and it was great to see so many residents keen to get involved at Elemore, sharing their views on events and pathway locations to ensure easy access as well as asking about volunteering opportunities.

The project team for Elemore are also working with local Police through the HALO Project to tackle anti-social behaviour around the area. Police are keen to hear about issues at Elemore such as quad bikes; use of air rifles etc. Please contact the Police if you are aware of any issues. We cannot sort it, if you don't report it.

To find out more about the HALO Project, follow the team on Facebook @LetsTalkHALO-Hetton. For more information, you can also email the team at LetsTalkHALO@sunderland.gov.uk.

The project team also met with the Herrington Country Park Friends Group to understand how best to establish a Friends Group for Elemore Park. Such a lot of knowledge shared including policies and procedures, which will enable the Elemore Park Friends Group to be formed very soon in the Summer. Further details on how to become an Elemore Friend will follow shortly.

We'll update you again soon; from the Elemore Park team.

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