Nature in Wakefield

Here in the Wakefield District, you’re never far from green spaces. But you don’t even need to leave the city to take in the beauty of nature, thanks to an ambitious programme to help Wakefield bloom this summer. 

It’s all thanks to the Wakefield Horticultural Partnership (WHP), a host of civic and business partners including Wakefield Council, Wakefield BID, Wakefield College, Wakefield Cathedral and First Impressions garden centre in Ackworth. They’ve banded together to help regreen parts of Wakefield city and welcome visitors back into the centre. 

Over 7,000 plug plants arrived at Thornes Park nursery in March. These have been re-planted and grown with the help of the council's Day Opportunities service, which help adults with learning disabilities to experience real work activity and responsibilities. 

These little plants have now been relocated to hundreds of flower beds, planters and hanging baskets with the help of the WHP partners, volunteers, and students from Wakefield College.

The idea is to show visitors - and locals - just how amazing Wakefield can look, as well as celebrating the natural world with a riot of colourful blooms. 

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said, “This is a fantastic partnership and I'm delighted to see so many different people involved who are all passionate about our district and making it the best that it can be.”

Christine Armstrong, Director of Wakefield BID, added, "The project is growing – literally – day by day and that is thanks to all the hard work behind the scenes. I can't wait to see all these wonderful plants brightening up the city centre."

Tony Jackson, Work Placement Coordinator at Wakefield College, concluded, ''We have enabled our students and community groups to take part in something very special, celebrating all that is good in Wakefield.''