Residents enjoying the Hull City Nature Challenge in Alderman Kneeshaw Park.

Alderman Kneeshaw Park improvements celebrated

Residents in an area of east Hull have a local park they are proud of thanks to support from Hull City Council.

Through the UK Government’s Levelling Up Parks Fund, £85,000 was pledged to Alderman Kneeshaw Park (AKP) in Bilton Grange for a biodiversity and park improvement project.

The scheme was completed in collaboration with Friends of AKP to create a place for nearby residents to enjoy and to enhance pride in the local area as well as encouraging visitors from further afield.

The works have created new seating areas, fragrant planting and art focal points, as well as seeing the planting of 80 large trees and the creation of meadows and flowers.

In time, wooden sculptures will be created within the park, as well as two murals designed by local children near to the play area and a sports changing facilities.

This ties in with Hull City Council’s ethos of increasing biodiversity and improving health through access to greenspaces, whilst also investing in neighbourhoods.

An event was held in celebration of the project, in conjunction with Hull City Nature Challenge 2023.

Debbie Morrell and Cllr Julia Conner
Debbie Morrell and Cllr Julia Conner at Alderman Kneeshaw Park.

Debbie Morrell, Friends of AKP chair, said: “It was a fantastic event and we’re delighted to be able to have been part of the challenge.

“This project was all about increasing biodiversity and restoring pride in the area for local residents.

“People are really excited about the park and I think it really puts it on the city’s map.

“We have this wonderful piece of nature on our doorstep and it’s only been able to happen due to support from Hull City Council and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, as well as financial support from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Parks Fund.”

Cllr Conner, portfolio holder for environment at Hull City Council, added: “I am thrilled that we were able to secure funding for this project at Alderman Kneeshaw Park and I am keen to see it grow and enhance the area.

“I would like to thank Debbie and all of the volunteers from Friends of AKP for their hard work and dedication in not only this scheme, but in the past and going forward too.”