According to research released by the Royal Society of Arts, a regions history can help progress it economically, culturally and even socially if it’s developed in the right way.
Part of restoring a town’s identity starts with understanding that some responsibility lies with its residents.
If local people are involved with their community; are visiting local markets, eating freshly grown produce and attending local events, then they are engaging with their town’s history. A town with a community that does, is a place with a purpose. A place with character.
At the end of last year, local authority in Ashford analysed research provided nationally by the RSA to bring together a steering group that would enforce a community plan. The plan highlighted a site they believe could hold the key to kick-starting Ashford’s heritage engagement with its local people: Victoria Park.
The park on Jemmett Road is a seventeen-acre green space, part of the Local Nature Reserve and home to the hundred year-old Hubert Fountain, all-in-all a much loved site full of hidden legacy.Over the years it has played host to Create Festival and Ashford Park Run, as well as being home to a children’s nursery and indoor bowls centre.
Excited by the movement happening in Ashford, the RSA wanted a closer look at what Ashford’s engagement plan could potentially offer.
Get a look at the full article here, on the RSA blog.
The Victoria Park Engagement Group will be meeting again early this year to reassess the engagement plan with its partners.