Planning application submitted, lease almost secured, the Urban Adventure Garden in partnership with Sprowston Youth engagement project is almost coming to a site in Sprowston, Norwich.
Over the last year during the SYEP community outreach project the young people and some of the parents with whom we have engaged highlighted that although there is a lot of open access, public provision in the Sprowston and Old Catton areas what would be desirable would be a private space, developed as a dedicated youth venue within the community which could also be used to set up and facilitate community based events.
What has been highlighted mainly in a response to Covid 19 but also in terms of the positive outcomes our outdoor provision has had in terms of increases in confidence, mental health and physical fitness is that this space would be ideally focussed on an outdoor space of some kind.
We have been working in partnership with Ascend Adventure who manage a four acre site in the Broadland area and have delivered successful projects on this site. This, plus the close links that SYEP have with The Reverend Simon Stokes and the Sprowston parish churches have given SYEP an opportunity to take over stewardship of a one-acre piece of land adjacent to Church Lane allotments, Sprowston. Close to the Millennium wood and Barkers Lane recreation ground where our intention is to turn it into the urban adventure garden.