Boughton Pocket Park

20 Sep 2010

Boughton Pocket Park is at the heart of the village of Boughton in Northamptonshire. It is managed by a committee of villagers on behalf of the local community.

The mound, Boughton Pocket Park

RNRP has been working with the Pocket Park committee to secure grants for habitat and play improvements. The Pocket Park Commitee has also raised money from events such as a Bonfire Night and Easter Egg Hunt.

The existing play area currently consists of a few dated pieces of equipment, and, with the help of RNRP, the Committee has won just under £50,000 from the government's Playbuilder scheme. Artemis Landscape Architects produced some concept visuals of the proposed space to accompany the Stage 1 application, and, following further community consultation, they are currently finalising detailed plans, so that construction can start around Autumn 2010.

The mound with existing equipment, taken at the Pocket Park's Easter Egg Hunt this year
The mound with existing equipment, taken at the Pocket Park's Easter Egg Hunt this year

An application is also underway to the Community Spaces fund. This is part of the Big Lottery Fund. The Pocket Park has passed Stage One of the application process and the committee is currently working with RNRP towards the second and final stage. The aim of this is to carry out general improvements, such as enhancing access with a perimeter path, providing play equipment for children under seven (Playbuilder is aimed at those eight to 13), updating signage, making more of the Park as a wildlife and conservation area, including big improvements to the pond area. A community wide consultation has also been carried out. To learn more about the Community Spaces fund visit

Further detail, visualisations and designs can be found on Artemis' website >>>

Visual to show the pond following proposed improvements including a dipping platform